Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century (on view at the Denver Art Museum until March 15) tells many stories about changes in style, culture, politics, and technology during the twentieth century. It also tells stories about some of the most storied romances of the era, including the following:
Elizabeth Taylor & Mike ToddMore
Design After Dark takes place once again on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Bindery on Blake, with the theme of “CUT.” In anticipation of Design After Dark | CUT we caught up with event co-chair and designer Craig Rouse, owner of R Design.More
This is a year of renewal for the DAM’s bilingual family program, CelebrARTE. Visitors have come to know CelebrARTE as a moment to explore Latino creativity and engage in Spanish and English while working with master artists. In 2015, CelebrARTE expands to become a full day of bilingual programs, featuring current and new offerings, for all ages and interests, during Free First Saturday.More
On December 11, over 375 guests gathered for Collectors’ Choice 34, the premier black-tie gala for the Denver Art Museum. This year’s Collectors’ Choice honored Cathey McClain Finlon for four decades of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the museum.More
The 2015 Untitled season launches on January 30 with Untitled: On the Rocks (Download a PDF of the program). To celebrate our first Untitled of the year, we’re serving up an art-inspired cocktail created exclusively for the event by master bartender Chris Clewell. Chris took cues from a contemporary painting in the DAM’s American Indian collection to craft one-of-a-kind drink using “intrigued” syrups (ooh la la!).More
The Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century features about a dozen examples of vanity cases, an item largely foreign to modern women. Also called nécessaires, vanity cases were designed to hold just that: a fashionable lady’s necessities, often including a mirror, powder and a puff, cigarettes, rouge (blush), a comb, and an inset lipstick case.More
Tucked away on level seven of the North Building is a workshop equipped with drills, metal rods, a sander, anvils, and more. This is where Steve Osborne, Denver Art Museum mount maker, spends his days innovating new ways to optimally display art. Steve is a down-to-earth guy with an extraordinary craft.More
Jesse Mathes’ art has been inspired by her time as a traveler and, more recently, her role as a mother.
A Colorado native with degrees in metalsmithing and jewelry, Jesse Mathes creates large-scale pieces using various metals that act as body adornments, ranging from corsets to collars, inspired by her travels in France.More
Across the islands of the Pacific artists have been creating intricate and captivating works of art from bark cloth for hundreds of years. The Denver Art Museum’s current Oceanic exhibition Printed and Painted: the Art of Bark Cloth explores the variety and ingenuity of expression found in this medium. In creating bark cloth, also known as tapa, patterns with a myriad of designs and motifs were used.More
Join Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum, and Pierre Rainero, Image, Style and Heritage Director of Cartier, on a video tour through Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Journey through important moments in history with some of most beautiful and brilliant objects in the world.More
Portrait paintings are fascinating windows into history. They bring to mind many questions. Who was the person being painted? What do details in the paintings—such as inscriptions, clothing, jewelry, and decorative arts—tell us about the sitter and a particular point in time? What can we learn about the artist from the painting they created? The Denver Art Museum is currently offering numerous opportunities to explore the topic of portraiture.More
The Denver Art Museum is currently offering numerous opportunities to explore the topic of portraiture.More
Conservation treatment of King Caspar is almost finished. Having completed the structural portion of the treatment which included filling cracks, repairing broken elements, and stabilizing loose joints, I moved on to the aesthetic portion of the treatment. The goal of this part of the treatment was to unify the overall appearance by filling areas where the paint and/or gesso was lost to bring them to the same level as the surrounding surfaces.More
My initial examination revealed that the sculpture of King Caspar was in poor condition. Many of the wooden joints were loose; some pieces were broken and missing. The paint and barniz chinesco surfaces were actively flaking and the sculpture was very grimy. In collaboration with curator Donna Pierce, I designed a treatment plan that will restore the structural stability of the sculpture so that it can be handled, studied, and displayed safely. We also decided to pursue aesthetic compensation so that it can be effectively understood as a devotional object.More
With the holidays fast approaching, things can get pretty hectic. If you need a little inspiration, check out our shopping list blog post, with a little bit of everything to make your shopping experience fun and easy!
Meanwhile, here at the DAM, even the people behind the museum love the gift shops! We asked a few of our own to give us a sneak peak into their holiday shopping and here's what they said.
Carleen Brice, Communications AssociateMore
One of the first steps of any conservation treatment is to closely examine the object, creating written and photographic records of its current state. Conservators do this using a variety of tools and methods. I started to examine King Caspar by looking closely under normal light. Then, I began to change the angle and intensity of light, eventually adding magnification (via a stereomicroscope).More
Follow our four-part series on conserving an eighteenth-century statue of King Caspar, one of the Magi often included in the Nativity.More
Meet King Caspar. This small polychrome wood sculpture dates to eighteenth-century Ecuador and is part of the renowned Stapleton Collection of Latin American Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum.More