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Conserving a Spanish Colonial Sculpture

Conserving a Spanish Colonial Sculpture

DAM Blog Series Documents Conservation Treatment of King Caspar

Follow our four-part series on conserving an eighteenth-century statue of King Caspar, one of the Magi often included in the Nativity.

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Conservation of a King: Introducing King Caspar (Part 1)

Conservation of a King: Introducing King Caspar (Part 1)

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.

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  Opening Gala Celebrates <em>Brilliant</em>

Opening Gala Celebrates Brilliant

On November 14, The Museum Associates, patrons, and sponsors gathered to celebrate the opening of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, the Denver Art Museum’s world-exclusive exhibition featuring stunning jewelry, accessories, and precious objects.

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Unique Holiday Gifts for Women, Men & Kids

Unique Holiday Gifts for Women, Men & Kids

Looking for last-minute holiday gifts? The Denver Art Museum has you covered. Following are some suggestions for everyone on your list:

Something for the Whole Family

These unique works make great home accents. With different styles and sizes, they fit anywhere in the house, and make great gifts! Bring a pop of color with the Diamond Star Glass pieces, stay organized with the Weekly Whitey Board or enjoy some flowing art with the Horizon Sandpictures.

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  <em>Brilliant</em> Exhibition & Catalog Showcase Cartier’s Early Decorative Objects & Timepieces

Brilliant Exhibition & Catalog Showcase Cartier’s Early Decorative Objects & Timepieces

The following is an excerpt from Cartier in the 20th Century. This companion catalog to Brilliant, published by the Denver Art Museum, can be purchased at The Shop at the DAM and online.

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  Top 5 Spanish-Language Things to Know about <em>Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century</em>

Top 5 Spanish-Language Things to Know about Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century may be an exhibition focused on a French jewelry design house, but they have an international reach. You may be surprised to know that at the DAM we are telling that story in English and Spanish. Here are the top five Spanish-language items you ought to know:

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A Fond Farewell to the DAM's Retiring Asian Art Curator Ronald Otsuka

A Fond Farewell to the DAM's Retiring Asian Art Curator Ronald Otsuka

Ronald Otsuka, the DAM's Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, started at the Denver Art Museum in 1973, and this month he retires.

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Denver School of the Arts Students Propose Designs for DAM Jewelry Studio

Denver School of the Arts Students Propose Designs for DAM Jewelry Studio

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.

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  Etched in Gold: <em>Brilliant</em> Inscriptions

Etched in Gold: Brilliant Inscriptions

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.

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  A Passion for Watches: <em>Brilliant</em> Exhibition Explores

A Passion for Watches: Brilliant Exhibition Explores "Machines with Souls"

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.

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Be a DAM Good Friend on Colorado Gives Day, December 9

Be a DAM Good Friend on Colorado Gives Day, December 9

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.

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Buy Local This Holiday: 10 Colorado-Made Items That Make Great Gifts

Buy Local This Holiday: 10 Colorado-Made Items That Make Great Gifts

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).

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  Palettes’ New <em>Brilliant</em>-Inspired Menu Shines Bright

Palettes’ New Brilliant-Inspired Menu Shines Bright

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.

Appetizers:

Gold Beet Salad, Brillat Savarin, Poached Pear, Pumpernickel, Cranberry Gastrique—$9

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  Jewelry Designer & Style Icon Jeanne Toussaint's Creations Featured in <em>Brilliant</em>

Jewelry Designer & Style Icon Jeanne Toussaint's Creations Featured in Brilliant

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.

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Creative Gifts & Holiday Deals at The Shops at the Denver Art Museum

Creative Gifts & Holiday Deals at The Shops at the Denver Art Museum

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 28

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Jewelry Studio Artist Profiles

Jewelry Studio Artist Profiles

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.

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Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Joe Korth

Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Joe Korth

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.

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  The DAM Presents Preview of <em>Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century</em> (Photos)

The DAM Presents Preview of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century (Photos)

The Denver Art Museum’s latest world-exclusive exhibition is here. Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century brings visitors an immersive exploration of stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects.

At its media preview November 13, some of the show’s visionaries shared how it came to be.

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Check out Some of the DAM's Mustaches in Honor of Movember (Photos)

Check out Some of the DAM's Mustaches in Honor of Movember (Photos)

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.”

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  DAM Educator Shares Highlights of <em>Brilliant</em> Team's Visit to the Cartier Workshop in Paris

DAM Educator Shares Highlights of Brilliant Team's Visit to the Cartier Workshop in Paris

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).

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  <em>Matisse and Friends</em> Exhibition Encourages the Art of Slow Looking

Matisse and Friends Exhibition Encourages the Art of Slow Looking

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.

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CelebrARTE Artists Dominic Domingo & Rudi Monterroso Share What Inspires Their Creativity

CelebrARTE Artists Dominic Domingo & Rudi Monterroso Share What Inspires Their Creativity

CelebrARTE: Vistas on November 16 marks the Denver Art Museum's final installment of the 2014 CelebrARTE season. When we return from our hiatus in January, we will return with a completely new format on a new day: Free First Saturday.

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  7 Helpful Tips for a <em>Brilliant</em> Visit to the DAM

7 Helpful Tips for a Brilliant Visit to the DAM

Here are some tips and guidelines to help you prepare for your visit to the Denver Art Museum exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.

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  Get Cozy with <em>Matisse and Friends</em>

Get Cozy with Matisse and Friends

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.

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