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The DAM & the Museo de Arte Populars Artist in Residency Program Builds Bridges Through Art

The DAM & the Museo de Arte Populars Artist in Residency Program Builds Bridges Through Art

This month the Denver Art Museum celebrates a growing partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center (MCC) and the Museo de Arte Popular (MAP), and what better way than with this month’s CelebrARTE: Aventuras where we adventure on a weeklong journey along the Camino Realthe historic route that connected Mexico City to its northern frontiers, including Colorado.

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Thread Studio Artist Profiles

Thread Studio Artist Profiles

This series introduces some of the fiber artists who conduct demonstrations in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio.

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  At the Mirror Continues Tradition of Japanese Print Exhibitions at the DAM

At the Mirror Continues Tradition of Japanese Print Exhibitions at the DAM

Nearly 70 Japanese woodblock prints from the Denver Art Museum's collection were exhibited together for the first time in 2014.

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Meet Thread Studio Demo Artist Paula Veschore

Meet Thread Studio Demo Artist Paula Veschore

Spinner and textile artist Paula Veschore can find a project in anything. “Everything to me is an art project whether it’s weaving, gardening, or a bucket of rusty horse shoes,” she said.

Veschore is one of seven demonstrating artists in the Thread Studio located on the sixth floor of the North Building in the Denver Art Museum. When demonstrating her craft in the museum, she uses a spinning wheel to transform raw materials into yarn. She uses this for various textile projects, including a complex knitted shawl.

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Helen Dill Society Members Make a Difference at the Denver Art Museum

Helen Dill Society Members Make a Difference at the Denver Art Museum

When Phyllis and Gary Vander Ark moved to Denver in 1970 they became members of the DAM to connect with their new community. Phyllis has now spent over 40 years as a volunteer, including serving as a greeter, docent, co-chair of three Collectors’ Choice events, and volunteer president. Meanwhile, Gary has made his mark in Denver as a neurosurgeon and founded Doctors Care in 1988 to provide healthcare to the underserved.

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DAM Collaborator Talks About Her Practice in Creating Tactile Art (Videos)

DAM Collaborator Talks About Her Practice in Creating Tactile Art (Videos)

Imagine viewing a painting without actually seeing it.

Imagine landscapes, portraits, and scenes that you can see through touch and feel.

For some museum patrons, this is the reality. And with help from sculptor and Colorado Center for the Blind art teacher Ann Cunningham, the Denver Art Museum has made huge strides in making art accessible to patrons who are blind and visually impaired.

Cunningham began as a sculptor with a special interest in low-relief. This is when a sculpture is carved out of a slab and emanates from the slab.

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  Curators to Discuss Denver & New York Connections to The American West in Bronze

Curators to Discuss Denver & New York Connections to The American West in Bronze

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, in two upcoming talks with the curators.

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USA Today Puts the DAM on the List of Denver's Best Places to Shop

USA Today Puts the DAM on the List of Denver's Best Places to Shop

The Shops at the Denver Art Museum are honored to be included on the USA Today 10 Best Shopping in Denver list. Our two very different shops have been recognized as must-see shopping attractions in Denver’s growing and thriving shopping scene.

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Tom Wesselmann is Inspired by Chance

Tom Wesselmann is Inspired by Chance

In 1985 Tom Wesselmann wrote in his journal that “The prime mission of my art, in the beginning, and continuing still, is to make figurative art as exciting as abstract art. I think I have succeeded, but there is still a lot further to go.”

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Michael’s “Passport to Imagination” & the DAM Inspire Kids Creativity

Michael’s “Passport to Imagination” & the DAM Inspire Kids Creativity

Buckle up and hold on tight because the next stop on your imaginary road trip is the Denver Art Museum! This summer, the DAM will be inspiring creative children nationally through a partnership with Michael’s "Passport to Imagination” low-cost kids summer crafting program. “Museum Road Trip” is this year’s theme, and features crafts inspired by seven North American museums. "Passport to Imagination" began on June 16 and is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am-12 pm through August 1. One museum is featured per week.

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Tom Wesselmann Finds a New Medium

Tom Wesselmann Finds a New Medium

“I’ve just had the best year of my life,” Tom Wesselmann said in a 1985 interview with The New York Times. “I always work in a kind of near ecstasy, anyway, but there’s really been something about the new work that grabbed me.”

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  Janelle Ayón of Dancing Across Cultures Talks About US & Mexican Cowboy Culture as Part of CelebrARTE: Fronteras
Wesselmann Wrote Country Music? This & Other Double Takes at Untitled #69 (Uncharted)

Wesselmann Wrote Country Music? This & Other Double Takes at Untitled #69 (Uncharted)

The Untitled summer journey continues on July 25 with Untitled #69 (Uncharted). This month is not so much about venturing into uncharted territory as it is about revisiting what we think we already know. Case in point: pop artist Tom Wesselmann, the subject of the Denver Art Museum’s latest exhibition Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective. Wesselmann is best known as a painter—his claim to fame is his series Great American Nude.

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Access Gallery Poster Exhibition Gives Voices to Teens (Photos)

Access Gallery Poster Exhibition Gives Voices to Teens (Photos)

Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives is closed briefly for a new rotation of works, but in the meantime you can get your fill of social justice posters at Access Gallery in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe.

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The Denver Art Museum Welcomes a New Group of Tour Guides

The Denver Art Museum Welcomes a New Group of Tour Guides

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a tour guide at a museum or what a person has to do to become one?

One of the most rewarding parts of my job at the Denver Art Museum is having the opportunity to train and work with tour guides, or as we call them, docents. Training a new class of docents certainly requires a strong commitment from the institution in both staff time and resources as well as a strong commitment from docent mentors and provisional docents (docents in training), yet it’s well worth it in the end since it results in enriching our visitors’ experience.

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Family Audio Tours Help Visitors See More at the Denver Art Museum

Family Audio Tours Help Visitors See More at the Denver Art Museum

There’s more to visiting the Denver Art Museum than just looking.

Immersive multimedia experiences help guide visitors as they view a single piece of art or an entire exhibition. Among them are audio tours offered with several temporary exhibitions. These tours provide the larger story behind a given object within 90 seconds of sound.

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Wesselmann's Model & Muse Shares Memories with the Crowd at DAM Beyond Pop Art Preview

Wesselmann's Model & Muse Shares Memories with the Crowd at DAM Beyond Pop Art Preview

The Denver Art Museum is brimming with new exhibitions this summer. On July 10 we invited the media to see a sneak peek of Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective, opening July 13. Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM, Claire Wesselmann, the late artist’s model and muse, and Tom Wesselmann’s studio manager, Jeffrey Sturges, led the tour through the exhibition.

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Tom Wesselmann Takes a Vacation

Tom Wesselmann Takes a Vacation

With the success of his Great American Nude series in the early 1960s, Tom Wesselmann could finally afford a larger studio. With a new studio came larger work and longer hours. Wesselmann explained, “I couldn’t pull myself away from the studio when it came time to go home at night. My fingernails would literally scrape on the tableI didn’t want to leave. I would go home and lie in bed and plot what I was going to do the next day. I couldn’t wait to get back to the studio, and the next morning I would rush there. It became a circular frenzy.”

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Tom Wesselmann's First Solo Show

Tom Wesselmann's First Solo Show

When artist Alex Katz visited Tom Wesselmann’s small New York studio for the first time in 1961 he wasn’t sure what to expect. The two had known each other from a painting trip to Green Camp when Wesselmann was a second year student at Cooper Union. He was only then transitioning from being a cartoonist to a painter and now Katz had heard from art critic Henry Geldzahler that Wesselmann was doing collages.

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The DAM's Art Storage Gets an Upgrade

The DAM's Art Storage Gets an Upgrade

The Denver Art Museum’s new staff office building not only houses more than 100 staff members, but it’ll also soon be home to parts of our permanent collection. The DAM’s collections management team has begun to move art from a temporary storage space in the North Building into the new, purpose-built Bannock collections storage area this month.

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5 Things You Can Learn from Claire Wesselmann

5 Things You Can Learn from Claire Wesselmann

On Wednesday, July 9, artist Tom Wesselmann's widow, Claire, will be in conversation with Denver Art Museum master teacher for modern and contemporary art Danielle Stephens. Studio manager of the Tom Wesselmann estate, Jeffrey Sturges, will join them for a discussion about Tom Wesselmann and the retrospective of his work that opens at the DAM on July 13.

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Tom Wesselmann Breaks from Abstraction

Tom Wesselmann Breaks from Abstraction

“The challenge for an artist is always to find your own way of doing something.” – Tom Wesselmann, Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum

We’ve all experienced it at one time or another. That feeling of envy you get when you see or hear something so wonderful, so inspiring that you wish YOU had been the creator. This is the moment that defined artist Tom Wesselmann is where his retrospective begins.

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5 Defining Moments for Artist Tom Wesselmann

5 Defining Moments for Artist Tom Wesselmann

This summer the Denver Art Museum will showcase the work of artist Tom Wesselmann, who is best known for his role in the development of pop art in the 1960s. Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective follows the evolution of the artist’s work through the course of four decades. This five-part blog series is designed to complement the exhibition by calling out five defining moments that shaped Wesselmann’s approach to artmaking.

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  Call for Posters: Giving Voice Exhibition & Fundraiser

Call for Posters: Giving Voice Exhibition & Fundraiser

Giving Voice, an annual poster exhibition at Access Gallery in Denver, opens on Friday, July 18, and could feature your social justice poster. Artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and other creatives are invited to donate a design to be featured in and sold during the exhibition. All proceeds fund the Giving Voice program and Access Gallery.

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