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Artist on Artist: Michael Rieger on Pablo Picasso

Artist on Artist: Michael Rieger on Pablo Picasso

Our first artist in our Artist on Artist series is Michael Rieger, a professional photographer, artist, and community arts activist for more than 20 years. His work as a historical photographer for FEMA covers such events as the World Trade Center terrorist attack of September 2011, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2013 Colorado floods. He also works as art director for the Denver Chalk Art Festival and is part owner of Lapis Studio & Gallery in Denver.

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  Online Pairings: DAM Art Made into Mood Boards

Online Pairings: DAM Art Made into Mood Boards

The museum can be an amazing resource for Denver creatives; people come to the museum to sketch, search for inspiring colors and patterns, learn about specialized techniques, and more. Many of the programs produced by our adult and college team are based on the idea that the museum can be an active resource in our creative lives.

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DAM & Children's Hospital Colorado Host Jackson Pollock Painting Party

DAM & Children's Hospital Colorado Host Jackson Pollock Painting Party

On March 11, the DAM and Children’s Hospital Colorado hosted a painting party at the hospital campus in Aurora for patients, families, and staff. Participants created paintings in the style of Jackson Pollock to celebrate the opening of Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Pollock is known for dripping, splattering, and pouring paint that created larger-than-life works of art.

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How the DAM Equipped PreVIEW with Special Tools for Handling & Examining Textiles

How the DAM Equipped PreVIEW with Special Tools for Handling & Examining Textiles

Located in the northwest corner of the textile art gallery, PreVIEW is a space that offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the handling, care, and study of textiles in the Denver Art Museum’s collection. Along with its role as a venue for public programs, PreVIEW is a multidisciplinary and versatile work area, shared by staff members from the curatorial, conservation, education, exhibitions, and collections management departments.

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23 Quotes from O’Keeffe,  Picasso, Van Gogh & Other Artists Featured in Modern Masters

23 Quotes from O’Keeffe, Picasso, Van Gogh & Other Artists Featured in Modern Masters

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery features paintings and sculptures by some of the most well-known artists of the twentieth century, including Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein.

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Six Ways the DAM is Working to Enhance Visitor Accessibility

Six Ways the DAM is Working to Enhance Visitor Accessibility

A lot has changed over the past year in our access program; we couldn’t resist doing a year in review. Here are six of the many updates we’ve made at the DAM to increase accessibility for visitors:

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Modern Masters Artist Profiles

Modern Masters Artist Profiles

The DAM is publishing a blog series that will highlight some of the artists whose work is in Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. We will share a little about the artist’s biography and inspiration, and details about a key artwork in the exhibition. Check back to learn more about some of the superstars of modern art whose work is on view in Modern Masters.

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Wassily Kandinsky's Symphony of Colors

Wassily Kandinsky's Symphony of Colors

For Wassily Kandinsky, music and color were inextricably tied to one another. So clear was this relationship that Kandinsky associated each note with an exact hue. He once said, “the sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with bass notes or dark lake with treble.”

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Denver Poets Write Surrealist Poetry for the DAM

Denver Poets Write Surrealist Poetry for the DAM

When we were developing Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, I became intrigued, delighted, and sometimes a little freaked out by some of the “games” that surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí would play in 1920s Europe as a way of accessing their unconscious as creative fodder.

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Epic Artmaking Party, Poster Making, Slam Poetry & More at Untitled #65 (Say Anything)

Epic Artmaking Party, Poster Making, Slam Poetry & More at Untitled #65 (Say Anything)

Update: Click here (PDF) for Untitled #65 (Say Anything) program.

Yell it, build it, write it, share it, destroy it, then talk about itthat sums up your night at this month’s Untitled #65 (Say Anything). With chats galore, poster making, roaming poets, and an epic artmaking party, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to sound off through art.

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Q&A with Muralist Leticia Tanguma

Q&A with Muralist Leticia Tanguma

It is through monthly partnerships with artists that CelebrARTE really shines. It is exciting to me to be able to scour Denver’s creative community for the next maestro. As it turns out, this month’s artist, Leticia Tanguma, was hidden right under my nose–her other work is as a security guard for the DAM. You are probably familiar with her artwork. She has assisted her father on several projects, including murals at Denver International Airport.

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Get to Know: The DAM's Neighbor, Clyfford Still Museum

Get to Know: The DAM's Neighbor, Clyfford Still Museum

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at the DAM is presented in conjunction with a special exhibition at the Clyfford Still Museum titled 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, which recreates Still’s landmark 1959 exhibition at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery. What should visitors know about the Clyfford Still Museum before they go? What exactly IS the Clyfford Still Museum? And who is this guy, Clyfford Still?

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  Exit Shop Lets Visitors Take Home a Souvenir of <em>Modern Masters</em>

Exit Shop Lets Visitors Take Home a Souvenir of Modern Masters

The Shop at the Denver Art Museum is proud to announce the opening of an exit shop in conjunction with Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The shop is located at the end of the Modern Masters exhibition, providing guests the opportunity to purchase gifts and souvenirs to commemorate their experiences.

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How Feedback from Families Improves the DAM

How Feedback from Families Improves the DAM

Here at the DAM, feedback is crucial. In fact, we thrive on it. Lucky for us, Denver families are not shy. Their thoughts inform us every step of the way, making our projects better. We are always surprised by what the museum and our projects mean to them.

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  The Reasoning Behind <em>Fracture: Cubism & After</em>

The Reasoning Behind Fracture: Cubism & After

The Chambers and Grant Gallery on level three of the Hamilton Building provides great opportunity for a focused presentation. Its intimate size mandates a careful selection of works so that each relates to the others in meaningful ways. Unlike some of our larger galleries, this one offers a quiet conversation between works one can see in a single sweep of vision.

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  Same Ticket Gets You into <em>Modern Masters</em> & Clyfford Still Museum's <em>1959</em>

Same Ticket Gets You into Modern Masters & Clyfford Still Museum's 1959

We Denverites are lucky people. We are graced with beautiful scenery, weather much of the country envies, and one of the greatest cultural arts scenes in the United States, with the Denver Art Museum serving as one its anchors. Located just next door to the DAM, on the corner of 13th Avenue and Bannock Street, is the Clyfford Still Museum, the newest addition to the cultural arts district in the Golden Triangle neighborhood and another representation of just what makes Denver so great.

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Little Kids Make Big Impact in Student Showcase

Little Kids Make Big Impact in Student Showcase

Every year I am wowed not only by the creativity of the young artists in our student showcases but also the hard work and impact of their dedicated teachers. We just deinstalled the fifth annual Denver Public Schools Elementary and Middle School Three-Dimensional showcase. This year’s show includes sculpture, ceramics, fiber, paper, free-standing, mixed media, and installation pieces. Of all the works on display, I am probably the most struck by the powerful art installation by Ms.

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How Artists Under Communist Rule Created American Western Film Posters

How Artists Under Communist Rule Created American Western Film Posters

Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western is an impressive collection from the golden age of Polish poster art, the culmination of an art form 100 years in the making.

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Queen’s Gallery Debuts Exhibition Coming to the DAM in 2015

Queen’s Gallery Debuts Exhibition Coming to the DAM in 2015

I’m pictured here in the conservation lab of the Royal Library and Print Room at Windsor Castle where I spent time with the paper conservator to look at some drawings that had been mounted on stiff fiberboard during the nineteenth century. This was considered a superior method of preserving old master drawings such as those on the table by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (called Il Grechetto). Castiglione was a Genoese artist who became famous for his brush drawings in oil pigments on unprimed paper, pen and ink studies, as well as etchings.

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Denver Art Museum Artworks Travel the World

Denver Art Museum Artworks Travel the World

In almost every month of the year, staff members at the Denver Art Museum prepare artworks in our collection to be loaned to other museums around the world. It’s part of our mission, and we realize that without loans, exhibitions like Becoming Van Gogh could not happen.

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For Your Frame of Reference: The Scoop on Untitled #64 (Framed)

For Your Frame of Reference: The Scoop on Untitled #64 (Framed)

February 26 update: Here is the program (PDF) for this month's Untitled.

Although Valentine's Day may have come and gone, Untitled #64 (Framed) will still be spreading the love on February 28. Dry Creek Gold Leaf, Inc. framers are the DAM's most beloved matchmakers, pairing artworks with their perfect decorative borders for the last 20 years.

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Join Curators from New York, Texas & Denver for a Conversation About Artist Clyfford Still

Join Curators from New York, Texas & Denver for a Conversation About Artist Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still’s relationship with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery began in the mid-1950s and continued until his death, culminating in his unprecedented gift of 31 paintings to the gallery in 1964. On February 26, the Clyfford Still Museum brings together two individuals who worked extensively at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery with the art of Clyfford Still for "Clyfford Still and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery: A Conversation."

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Clyfford Still Museum Exhibition Recreates Exhibition Staged in 1959 in New York

Clyfford Still Museum Exhibition Recreates Exhibition Staged in 1959 in New York

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery celebrates the era of modern art, the roughly 100-year period of artistic revolution, based mostly in western Europe and the United States, which began around 1870. The story of the exhibition, which opens March 2, is told exclusively through examples from the superlative collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

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Chocolate Brings People Together at CelebrARTE

Chocolate Brings People Together at CelebrARTE

The theme of this month’s CelebrARTE is “Chocolate,” a food we think of around Valentine’s Day. For generations we have been gifting chocolate to our loved ones on this holiday, and it is no surprise given the food’s history.

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