News & Stories

Explore the Language of Flowers at the DAM

Explore the Language of Flowers at the DAM

This summer, the Denver Art Museum is showcasing flower-inspired art in "arrangements" around the museum and in In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism. Flowers have served as symbols for centuries, but during the 1800s (the time of the impressionists) “floriography,” or the language of flowers, really became popular.

More
  The DAM's New Book Filled with Flower-Inspired Art from Our Collection, Recipes & Activities

The DAM's New Book Filled with Flower-Inspired Art from Our Collection, Recipes & Activities

This summer, visitors will have the opportunity to bring their museum experience home with A Field Guide to Flowers at the Denver Art Museum. Consider it a portable journey through many of the flowers in the museum’s collection.

More
  How In Bloom Artists Were Inspired by the Bouquet

How In Bloom Artists Were Inspired by the Bouquet

As an educator on the In Bloom exhibition team at the Denver Art Museum, I often returned to a simple question as we developed the exhibition: Why flowers? The reasons that artists of the 1800s gravitated toward the subject weren’t immediately clear as we looked over the initial checklist of works that were slated to be in the show.

More
Yum! Chefs Demonstrate How to Cook with Flowers at the DAM

Yum! Chefs Demonstrate How to Cook with Flowers at the DAM

Starting this Sunday (July 12), there won't just be flowers at the Denver Art Museum to please the eye—there also will be flowers to please the taste buds. Aran Essig, executive chef at the University of Northern Colorado, will be demonstrating the culinary uses of hibiscus flowers as part of Blooming Chefs: Cooking with Flowers.

More
Spotlight on Our Corporate Sponsor: Your Hometown Toyota Stores & Free First Saturday

Spotlight on Our Corporate Sponsor: Your Hometown Toyota Stores & Free First Saturday

For more than a century, the successes of the Denver Art Museum have been inextricably linked to the generosity of the museum’s supporters. In that spirt, the DAM is pleased to announce a new partnership with the 6 Hometown Toyota Stores that make up the Denver Toyota Dealers Association. Starting this month, the new relationship includes major underwriting support for the DAM’s popular Free First Saturdays.

More
  Exploring Andrew & Jamie Wyeth's World (Photos)

Exploring Andrew & Jamie Wyeth's World (Photos)

The notion of place is important to many artists—Monet tirelessly painted his garden. O’Keeffe played out her love of New Mexico in paint. But it has never been made so powerfully concrete to me as when I traveled with Denver Art Museum colleagues to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and mid-coast Maine in preparation for the upcoming exhibition Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio.

More
6 Tips for Creative Flower Arrangements

6 Tips for Creative Flower Arrangements

In conjunction with In Bloom and flower-themed events at the Denver Art Museum this summer, Lindsey Housel of Moonpenny's is leading (sold out) flower-arranging workshops. Below, she shares tips for how you can create interesting and lasting flower bouquets at home.

Carleen Brice: How do you get ideas for creative arrangements?

More
Fun with Flowers Artist Profiles

Fun with Flowers Artist Profiles

The Denver Art Museum offers hands-on spaces for visitors to get creative. In conjunction with In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism, the museum is offering visitors an opportunity to explore and learn about flowers and bouquets on in the Flower Studio and on our plaza.

More
Fun with Flowers Demo Artist Paula Kehoe

Fun with Flowers Demo Artist Paula Kehoe

This week local artist Paula Kehoe will lead participants Pastel Painting Workshops (SOLD OUT) at the Denver Art Museum designed to spark creativity and a passion for art. Below, Paula gives some insight into what inspires her creative process.

This summer, the DAM is celebrating work inspired by the beauty of flowers. Do you find inspiration in your surroundings?

More
  The DAM & Museo de las Americas Present a Mexican Master

The DAM & Museo de las Americas Present a Mexican Master

The Denver Art Museum is thrilled to be partnering with the Museo de las Americas to present an illuminating exhibition of Gunther Gerzso's work this summer. Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master opens at the DAM and the Museo on June 25. The DAM will showcase some of his paintings and the Museo will feature 28 works on paper, four sculptures, and two books celebrating the artist’s career.

More
African American Artists Featured in Modern & Contemporary Exhibition

African American Artists Featured in Modern & Contemporary Exhibition

Today is Juneteenth. In honor of this historic holiday, we thought we’d note some of the artworks now on view at the Denver Art Museum in Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions. This exhibition features several works by highly acclaimed African American artists such as Shinique Smith, Nick Cave, Kerry James Marshall, Leonardo Drew, Glen Ligon, and Robert Arneson.

More
  7 Fun Facts about Miró—See His Artwork by June 28

7 Fun Facts about Miró—See His Artwork by June 28

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination closes June 28. Don’t miss this chance to see 50 paintings and sculptures that are on loan from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. Below are a few fun facts we culled in celebration of the exhibition:

More
6 Great Wedding Gift Ideas Available at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum

6 Great Wedding Gift Ideas Available at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum

Spring, a time of new beginnings, is my favorite season. Opening day for the Colorado Rockies, new plant life brought by the rains, and milestone events such as graduations and weddings.

As a recent spring bride, I found myself with the task of determining important items that my husband and I needed for starting our lives together. I gravitated toward kitchen and decorative items with the ultimate goal of transforming our house into an inviting home.

More
  Curator's Choice: #DispatchPortrait Contest on Instagram

Curator's Choice: #DispatchPortrait Contest on Instagram

The Denver Art Museum recently opened the photography exhibition Alec Soth: Colorado Dispatch. Photographed over the course of a 2013 road trip, Colorado Dispatch presents the core of Soth’s work from the Centennial State, including photographs of ordinary citizens, familiar landscapes and puzzling details of local culture that offer an unromanticized, yet affectionate, view of the land and its people.

More
  Community, Collaboration & Creativity Combine in Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua Art Installation

Community, Collaboration & Creativity Combine in Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua Art Installation

Francisco Alvarado-Juárez’s installation at the Denver Art Museum, Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua uses recycled paper from thousands of grocery bags to create a magical world. Unlike his other installations, this one involved collaborating with others. The artist hosted workshops with 30 Denver artists and art teachers in March to demonstrate his process and reveal his vision for the project. The artists, teachers, and their students then set out to paint thousands of bags, later returning to help install the work.

More
  Photographer Alec Soth on Serendipity, Instagram & His Time in Colorado

Photographer Alec Soth on Serendipity, Instagram & His Time in Colorado

Minnesota photographer Alec Soth’s pictures bring to light the quirkiness and humanity of people he encounters and the places where they live. From 2012–2014, Soth embarked on a series of state-by-state road trips to make a portrait of present-day America. His journey through each state that he visited was printed in a “dispatch” format that calls to mind a small town newspaper or travel guide.

More
The DAM Introducing Tours for Children Under 5

The DAM Introducing Tours for Children Under 5

After over a year of research and development, the Denver Art Museum is excited to introduce Creative Explorers, an engaging set of field trip activities for our youngest students—children under 5. Throughout the tour, students are actively engaged through a variety of hands-on, minds-on strategies, including tactile, storytelling, artmaking, and movement.

More
The Gallery Maintenance Team Shares How the DAM Keeps Artworks Looking Their Best

The Gallery Maintenance Team Shares How the DAM Keeps Artworks Looking Their Best

The Denver Art Museum is in a battle, a constant battle, with a dangerous opponent that could damage artwork in the blink of an eye. What is this perilous foe? Dust. How do we combat it? Through weekly gallery maintenance.

More
  Works from DPL & DAM After-School Art Program on View through May 26

Works from DPL & DAM After-School Art Program on View through May 26

The 2015 Denver Public Library Plaza Program is a collaborative after-school art program produced by the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Public Library. The DAM has partnered with DPL for over ten years to bring monthly art and creative projects to children at various library branches throughout the school year. Each artmaking project is inspired by objects in the Denver Art Museum’s collections and supports children exploring artists’ creative processes and their own creativity.

More
  Virgil Ortiz Blends Ceramics & Graphics in Futuristic Exhibition at the DAM

Virgil Ortiz Blends Ceramics & Graphics in Futuristic Exhibition at the DAM

Are you ready to see something new and exciting? Immerse yourself in a world imagined by Virgil Ortiz.

More
  Untitled: Some Assembly Required is the Sum of Many Parts−The Flobots & More at the DAM May 29

Untitled: Some Assembly Required is the Sum of Many Parts−The Flobots & More at the DAM May 29

At Untitled: Some Assembly Required we’re opening up the museum machine to reveal the cogs and gears that make art tick. Get a glimpse into different creative processes, learn the ins and outs of savvy art collecting, and go behind-the-scenes of smart exhibition design at the Denver Art Museum. (Download a PDF of the program.)

More
  Ben Jackel’s Sculptures Command Attention in New Modern & Contemporary Exhibition

Ben Jackel’s Sculptures Command Attention in New Modern & Contemporary Exhibition

Colorado native Ben Jackel’s behemoth sculpture Pay Attention (in photo above and on view at the Denver Art Museum in Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions) demands viewers’ attention with its giant silhouette.

More
New Exhibitions and Installations at the DAM

New Exhibitions and Installations at the DAM

The Denver Art Museum is buzzing with activity, getting ready to open several new exhibitions in May and June, including the following. Learn more about current and upcoming exhibitions.

Opening This Weekend

More
Add Some Art to Your Child's Summer−Spots Still Available in Classes at the DAM

Add Some Art to Your Child's Summer−Spots Still Available in Classes at the DAM

Update May 15: Check here for the latest information on class availability.

Each summer the Denver Art Museum hosts classes that seek to encourage kids’ imaginations to run wild. More than a dozen of the 2015 classes are full. However, there are still spots available for those looking to add a bit of art to their summer itinerary. Listed below are the classes that still had spots available as of May 13. You can follow the links for a better idea of what kids will do in the program.

More