Linda Aguilar is not a typical basket maker. Her horsehair baskets combine traditional Chumash Indian basketry techniques with non-traditional materials. Think bingo chips, beads and sequins, and even bits and pieces of credit cards. Actually, nothing about Linda is typical. Not the way she learned to weave, her teaching style, or her apple pie—all of which are extraordinary.More
How can a museum exhibition tell a sweeping story of 300 years of social, historic, and artistic change? In Passport to Paris, we relied on three pretty amazing groups of art objects to do a lot of the heavy lifting, but art doesn’t always speak on its own. To help us tell the story, we turned to artists, critics, and even King Louis XIV. Here are ten quotes that you’ll find on the walls and labels in the Passport to Paris galleries.More
Untitled #63 (Au Naturel) kicks off the eighth season of Untitled Final Fridays at the DAM, and with it, the eighth season of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme. For those of you who need a refresher since last season or if you are tuning in for the first time, our friends at Buntport have compiled a few telling tidbits about our favorite odd couple to get you up to speed.More
We asked our staff to share their 2014 resolutions, aspirations, and inspirations. Check out the video below. As always, we want to hear what you’re up to. Share your inspirations and goals for 2014 using #DAMinspiration on Facebook and Twitter.More
In March 2013, the Denver Art Museum received a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York to establish an endowment for the textile conservator in the museum’s conservation department. This prestigious award also included funds to create the first-ever fellowship in textile art conservation at the DAM.More
One recent morning, I woke up and started scrolling down my Twitter feed (don't judge) and ran across four posts in a row that were titled something like "top 10 things to...", "5 ways to...", and "the 20 most popular," and I felt annoyed. Why? Because I clicked on them all. There's just something so alluring about the promise of knowing everything you could possibly want to know in just a few little bits of info, right?More
In 1989, designer Kiyoshi Kanai depicted a charging elephant in his poster Don’t Buy Ivory, a work created for the World Wildlife Fund’s effort to raise awareness of the illegal ivory trade in Asian countries. “I designed the poster at the time feeling the fierce urgency to protect the African elephant from unnecessary slaughter,” said Kanai by e-mail. Unfortunately, 25 years later the slaughter continues driven by a demand for items made from rare materials including ivory.More
The exhibitions department is responsible for preparing the museum’s many galleries for each new exhibit, as well as many smaller gallery rotations. Our usual tasks include repairing gallery walls, removing platforms, pedestals, graphic panels, and labels; lighting, painting, and fabrication. For larger exhibitions, such as the recent Nick Cave: Sojourn exhibit, we often work with several subcontractors to carry out the designer’s plans.More
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one." —Brad Paisley
Country music words to live by. To help you “write a good one” I surveyed some of the Denver Art Museum staff to find out what they are most excited about in the coming year. Even though 2013 is a mere day behind us, the DAM team is already running full-speed ahead and working on amazing exhibitions and projects. Mark your calendar for these not-to-be-missed moments.More
When I first moved to Denver nearly four years ago, one of the first things I wanted to see was the notable Spanish Colonial art collections of the Denver Art Museum. I will not forget the moment I first walked into the galleries because I was blown away by the brightly colored series of portraits of Inca rulers that covered the first wall of the gallery.More
The first time I saw the Lumière brothers’ films I was mesmerized. Silent, flickering black and white, and each less than a minute long, they give quick glimpses into moments of everyday life in France at the end of the nineteenth century. The people in them are at once both faraway and familiar. Men sport bowler hats and vests; women wear exaggerated, puffy sleeves and decorative hats. But as the films play on, it becomes clear that not much has changed in the nearly 120 years since these movies were made.More
Exhibitions by their nature are ephemeral. Consider the DAM’s recent exhibition Red, White, and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870 in which classic period blankets came from institutions and private collections from around Colorado and California to be included in the show. It is unlikely that all of those works will ever come together for a show again. However, the impact of an exhibition can be far reaching.More
Alfred Sisley was born and lived in France for most of his life, but inherited British nationality from his father and never received French citizenship. Although he was raised in Paris, he lived in the outskirts of the city for most of his life, finally settling near Fontainebleau in 1880.
Key piece to look for: Seine at Bougival (La Seine à Bougival), 1873More
Édouard Manet primarily worked in Paris, where he painted café singers, horse races, outdoor social gatherings, and other scenes of modern urban life. “We are not in Rome and we don’t want to go there,” he said, expressing his concern that artists should paint contemporary life as they knew it, instead of following the tradition of copying Italian Old Master paintings. “We are in Paris, let’s stay here.” He did occasionally travel to Spain and the Netherlands to study other artists’ work, and to the coasts of France, where he painted The Beach at Berck.More
Berthe Morisot lived and worked primarily in the Rue des Moulins district of Paris. Her proximity to Paris’ museums and circle of artists gave her the opportunity to study under Camille Corot and become close friends with Édouard Manet, whose brother she eventually married.
Key piece to look for: Lesson in the Garden (La Leçon au Jardin) 1886.More
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s family moved to Paris when he was a child, and he worked there for the rest of his career. Always looking for new motifs to paint, he traveled extensively, visiting North Africa, Genoa, and many major European cities. Later in his life, he spent winters in southern France, increasingly preferring the idyllic countryside to the bustling city.
Key piece to look for: Banks of the Seine, Bougival (Bords de la Seine, Bougival),1871More
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec worked in Paris from 1882 to his death in 1901. He is most known for his work between 1891 and 1900, when he lived in Montmartre, a neighborhood of Paris famous for its cabarets, cafes, nightclubs, and brothels.
Key piece to look for: Jane Avril Leaving the Moulin-Rouge¸1892More
On December 5, more than 400 guests gathered for Collectors’ Choice 33, the premier gala for the Denver Art Museum. This year’s Collectors’ Choice celebrated the past, present, and future of the DAM’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art by honoring Jim Wallace, Tom Petrie, and Henry Roath.More
Exciting news for anyone who loves designing, tinkering, hammering things together, museums, and people: The DAM is looking for Front Range area architects or artists to design a sculptural installation for Martin Plaza next summer. During the summer of 2014, the DAM will be showcasing several exhibitions and programs related to the idea of sculpture. This outdoor project is meant to complement the museum’s offerings, while also adding a knock-your-socks-off, interactive feature to the larger Civic Center complex.More