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Colorado Students Inspired by DAM Exhibition to Design Social Justice Posters

Colorado Students Inspired by DAM Exhibition to Design Social Justice Posters

April 21, 2015 update: Four Colorado student posters were chosen for the exhibition Museums: pARTners in Learning 2015 sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), in partnership with the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be on view in Washington from May 6−June 30, 2015. See all of the posters designed by students at Vista Peak Exploratory and Arapahoe Ridge High School in the image gallery below.

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Show Your Favorite Work of Art Some Love with Hearts for Art

Show Your Favorite Work of Art Some Love with Hearts for Art

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the Denver Art Museum is ready! Join us and other museums across the country to spread the love with Hearts for Art. From February 10–February 15, you’re invited to show your love for a favorite work of art by placing a paper heart on the floor in front of your artwork crush.

Step 1: Pick up a single heart and hold it close until you’re ready...

Step 2: Fall in love with a piece of art and make it official by placing your heart ON THE FLOOR in front of a work of art you love.

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Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Travis Ogden

Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Travis Ogden

The Naja Tool & Supply, Inc. was opened in 1976 and has become the largest resource of tools and supplies in Colorado.

In the early nineties, Travis Ogden was teaching metalsmithing at the Front Range Community College, where on his way to class he would buy supplies from the Naja. Eventually, he started working at the store, and in 1998 he took ownership.

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  Celebrate Valentine’s Day at <em>Brilliant</em> at the DAM

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Brilliant at the DAM

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 Todd

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  Get the Scoop on Cartier in the Lavishly Illustrated <em>Brilliant</em> Catalog

Get the Scoop on Cartier in the Lavishly Illustrated Brilliant Catalog

Cartier in the 20th Century is the sumptuous*, glamorous** catalog that accompanies the Brilliant exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.

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Local Creatives Shine at Design After Dark | CUT

Local Creatives Shine at Design After Dark | CUT

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.

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Join Us for CelebrARTE on Free First Saturday

Join Us for CelebrARTE on Free First Saturday

¡Nuevo! Don't Miss the Cuentos del Arte Storytelling Program

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.

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Collectors' Choice 34 Honored Cathey McClain Finlon

Collectors' Choice 34 Honored Cathey McClain Finlon

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.

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Break the Ice of the 2015 Untitled Season with Untitled: On the Rocks

Break the Ice of the 2015 Untitled Season with Untitled: On the Rocks

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!).

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  Secrets of the Cartier <em>Nécessaire</em>

Secrets of the Cartier Nécessaire

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.

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Meet Steve Osborne: The Man behind the Denver Art Museum Mounts

Meet Steve Osborne: The Man behind the Denver Art Museum Mounts

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.

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Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Jesse Mathes

Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Jesse Mathes

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.

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  The Prolific Patterns of <em>Printed and Painted</em>

The Prolific Patterns of Printed and Painted

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.

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  Take a Video Tour of <em>Brilliant</em>

Take a Video Tour of Brilliant

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.

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  It was the Most Wonderful Diamond I Have Ever Seen & Other <em>Brilliant</em> Quotes 

It was the Most Wonderful Diamond I Have Ever Seen & Other Brilliant Quotes 

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century explores how Cartier became a leader in jewelry innovation and craftsmanship. Read some insights on Cartier from family members, designers, and admirers to whet your appetite for the exhibition.

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Artist William Matthews Leads Tour of Exhibition

Artist William Matthews Leads Tour of Exhibition

William Matthews: Trespassing, on view at the Denver Art Museum, presents portraits of the West through the eyes of an "interloper," someone who's not a cowboy himself, but became intrigued by them.

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  Don't Miss <em>Brilliant:</em> a

Don't Miss Brilliant: a "Riveting" Exhibition that "Illuminates a Century of a Greatly Changing World"

We love what people are sharing about Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Below are just some of the media reviews and online comments we’ve seen. We'd love to hear about your adventures at Brilliant. Please use the #DAMBrilliant hashtag.

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Denver Art Museum Symposium Explores Portraiture in Colonial Americas

Denver Art Museum Symposium Explores Portraiture in Colonial Americas

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.

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Petrie Institute of Western American Art's 9th Annual Symposium Explores Portraits

Petrie Institute of Western American Art's 9th Annual Symposium Explores Portraits

The Denver Art Museum is currently offering numerous opportunities to explore the topic of portraiture.

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  Conservation of a King: Aesthetic Compensation & Next Steps (Part 4)

Conservation of a King: Aesthetic Compensation & Next Steps (Part 4)

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.

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  Conservation of a King: Surface Cleaning & Structural Stabilization (Part 3)

Conservation of a King: Surface Cleaning & Structural Stabilization (Part 3)

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.

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Staff Favorite Items from the DAM Gift Shops

Staff Favorite Items from the DAM Gift Shops

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 Associate

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Conservation of a King: Developing a Treatment Plan (Part 2)

Conservation of a King: Developing a Treatment Plan (Part 2)

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).

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Denver Monoliths: Did You Know an 80-Something Sculptor Created it?

Denver Monoliths: Did You Know an 80-Something Sculptor Created it?

It’s hard to miss these two looming figures at the Denver Art Museum. What else not to miss: Its sculptor, Beverly Pepper, was in her 80s when she completed.

Pepper turns 92 on December 20, 2014. With work located all around the world, she is one of the foremost sculptors of the last decade.

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