Bottle-cap necklaces, rubber-band bracelets, and macaroni jewelry. These are just a few of the ideas that ninth-grade students at Denver School of the Arts (DSA) suggested we consider for jewelry-making activities in the Denver Art Museum’s Jewelry Studio, offered in conjunction with the exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.More
Personalized gifts were (and still are) a specialty of Cartier. The design house’s clientele often purchased cigarette cases, clocks, and other accessories to commemorate special events, notable achievements, or personal relationships. These unique objects served as official tributes and tokens of affection. You can see striking illustrations of these gifts in Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.More
It started with an advertisement: my husband was approaching his 40th birthday when he saw the back cover of The New Yorker, graced with an ad for a luxury watch brand. The ad copy suggested that you never actually own the watch, but rather merely look after it for the next generation. Geoff had already been turning over the idea of what it meant to turn 40 in his mind, but that ad cemented it for him: He decided that he wanted a watch for his birthday. It would be something that was finely crafted and could last long enough to pass on to our sons.More
What better way to make a gift with local impact than to contribute to the Denver Art Museum on Colorado Gives Day? Colorado Gives Day was established to unite Coloradans in the spirit of philanthropy through the support of their favorite local nonprofits. Last year, Coloradans donated an unprecedented $20.9 million dollars through their record-breaking 88,571 online donations. All within 24 hours! This year, Colorado Gives Day will take place on Tuesday, December 9.More
In search of great holiday gift ideas? The Shops at the Denver Art Museum feature a variety of items that are made locally—what better way to support the arts and the local economy at the same time. Here is our staff's list of ten Colorado-made items we think you'll like:
1. Hammond's Chocolates: Handcrafted old-fashioned quality candy made locally for more than 90 years. Try the Cinnamon Coal Candy to get in the holiday spirit ($5), Toffee Brittle bar for something familiar, or Sweet N’ Spicy for an adventurous chipotle twist ($3).More
In tandem with the dazzling Denver Art Museum exhibition, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, Palettes has launched a Brilliant-inspired menu.
Executive chef Austin Cueto has crafted a $32, three-course prix fixe menu sprinkled with stunning touches. The menu items also are available à la carte.
Gold Beet Salad, Brillat Savarin, Poached Pear, Pumpernickel, Cranberry Gastrique—$9More
Throughout her almost 50-year tenure at Cartier, Director of Fine Jewelry Jeanne Toussaint (1887–1978) played an important role in molding the famous maison into the luxurious establishment it is today. A fashion icon and an intrepid woman of taste and vision, her creations (some of which are on display in Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century at the Denver Art Museum) greatly influenced twentieth-century jewelry design.More
Find one-of-a-kind gifts including jewelry, art books and prints, holiday cards, calendars, glass art, women’s purses, scarves, and apparel, men's accessories, and more at The Shop in the Hamilton Building. The Shop in the North Building offers toys, games, and other art-inspired presents for kids and the young at heart.
Black Friday Discounts on November 28More
The Denver Art Museum offers a hands-on studio space for visitors to get creative. For Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century the studio offers an up-close look at jewelry. This series introduces the artists who will be conducting demonstrations in the Jewelry Studio on the weekends through March 15, 2015. Get to know them here and drop in the Jewelry Studio to see their work.More
Joe Korth's unique work is inspired by looking around at everyday objects and finding hidden imagery in his surroundings.
A self-taught jeweler, Korth works almost exclusively with silver and gold, with much of his work featuring a Korean technique called Keumboo. This ancient technique uses heat and pressure to bond pure gold sheets to pure silver.More
Movember, a combination of the words “mustache” and “November,” is an annual event during which men grow mustaches in November to raise awareness for various men’s health issues. In honor of it, we put together a selection of 'staches at the Denver Art Museum.
The campaign is run by The Movember Foundation. Their vision is to “get men to grow mustaches and the community to support them by creating an innovative, fun, and engaging annual Movember campaign.”More
I got to dust off my passport in July 2013 to head to Paris on a research trip for Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Despite some anxieties about the humbleness of my own accessories, I was thrilled to be greeted by lovely French colleagues at the Cartier Documentation Center (turns out they are not at all judgmental about one’s wardrobe choices).More
The practice of “slow looking” is a major theme in the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art. Slow looking refers, quite literally, to slowing down the art-viewing process.More
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live with a masterpiece, your wait is over. Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art is an experimental exhibition that offers a cozy environment for looking at art, somewhat akin to a living room.More
The Denver Art Museum exhibition Matisse and Friends showcases 14 extraordinary works of art from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Henri Matisse, who is represented by four works in the show, was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century and a central figure in the radical movement known as "fauvism" (fauve is French for wild beast). Here are a few great quotes that get at his experimental and expressive nature.More
This October, the Denver Art Museum launched its first Collection Highlights Tour in both English and American Sign Language (ASL). As part of the museum’s commitment to accessibility, the DAM aims to increase its ongoing program offerings so that more activities are available on a regular basis and without special request. Examples now include the ASL Collection Highlights Tour, Tactile Tables, and Art & About Tours, which are for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s and their care partners.More
Abelardo Morell creates innovative and surprising photographs that encourage us to question the way we see. Widely known for his pictures that capture the projections from room-scale camera obscuras—the earliest form of camera that uses a basic pinhole to resolve an image in a darkened room—Morell draws upon the origins of the medium to transform the everyday into something special. In the process, he emphasizes that photography always manipulates what we perceive.More
Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection just opened at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and a good time was had by all–including Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich, shown in the photo above admiring the Berger Collection painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck, Dorothy, Lady Dacre.More
Cintra Pollack has strong memories of the Denver Art Museum, from visiting the Native American collection and Linda by John DeAndrea on school field trips to meeting artists while coming to events with her mother who has been involved with the museum for many years. When she moved back to Denver after living in Boston and Seattle, Cintra was thrilled to get involved with the DAM on a deeper level. “I believe in giving where you live, and that investing in culture brings great value to every community,” she says.More
The Denver Art Museum recently held a staff pumpkin-carving contest that was a lot of fun and really got people motivated (see the photos in the slide show below to see how creative we got). If your employees or coworkers would like to follow suit, here are a few wickedly simple steps to follow to help ensure your pumpkin-carving event is as successful as ours was:More