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Tapestry Video 2:  Discovering Symbols & Motifs

Tapestry Video 2: Discovering Symbols & Motifs

In preparation for Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry, opening May 31, the Denver Art Museum's staff have been working on a Spanish Colonial table cover in PreVIEW (a behind-the-scenes visible staging area in our textile art gallery).

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Tapestry Video 1: Clues about the Creation & Use

Tapestry Video 1: Clues about the Creation & Use

In preparation for Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry, opening May 31, the Denver Art Museum’s staff have been working on a Spanish Colonial table cover in PreVIEW (a behind-the-scenes visible staging area in our textile art gallery).

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Conserving a Spanish Colonial Table Cover (Videos)

Conserving a Spanish Colonial Table Cover (Videos)

In preparation for Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry, opening May 31, the museum’s staff have been working on a Spanish Colonial table cover in PreVIEW (a behind-the-scenes visible staging area in our textile art gallery).

Curators have examined it and explored its history, and textile art conservators have been testing and repairing the tapestry. Follow this series of blogs to track their progress.

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Choose Your Own Adventure at Untitled: Dream On

Choose Your Own Adventure at Untitled: Dream On

For the purposes of Untitled: Dream On, there are two kinds of people in this world: dreamers and doers. We’re trying something new this month—we’re dividing the night into two pathways: one “sleepy” and one “awake." It’s a choose-your-own-adventure kind of deal (See program PDF). Are you down for some R & R or are you pumped for a night out?

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  Enter the Curator’s Choice: #DAMGreatShot Instagram Contest!

Enter the Curator’s Choice: #DAMGreatShot Instagram Contest!

In celebration of Month of Photography Denver and the opening of our new photography exhibition, Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder, our photography department staff wants to see what YOU can capture! We invite you to channel your inner Barbara Bosworth to capture photos of nature, landscape, or something that is not noticeable at first glance and post it on Instagram.

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  Creatives-in-Residence Connect Visitors to Art in Innovative Ways

Creatives-in-Residence Connect Visitors to Art in Innovative Ways

Recently, the Denver Art Museum received a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to produce and document a series of six residencies. Over the next two years, the DAM will partner with creatives from a variety of disciplines to produce residencies that explore the many ways in which we connect with art.

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Hey Denver Area Creatives: Answer the DAM's Open Call for Summer Plaza Installation

Hey Denver Area Creatives: Answer the DAM's Open Call for Summer Plaza Installation

To celebrate a summer filled with flower-related programs, the Denver Art Museum is seeking local creatives to participate in this year’s plaza installation. The DAM is looking for creatives who use flowers as either material or subject matter in a community open call.

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  Denver Art Museum Preps for Joan Miró Exhibition

Denver Art Museum Preps for Joan Miró Exhibition

Joan Miró once said "I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means." The Denver Art Museum exhibition team wanted to achieve something similar with Joan Miró: Instinct & Imaginationto create a gallery space that allows the Spanish artist's paintings and sculptures to have maximum impact.

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Cheers to 15 years of Uncorked on April 10
  Dates & Evening Hours Added for Brilliant Exhibition's Final Weeks

Dates & Evening Hours Added for Brilliant Exhibition's Final Weeks

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century will be closing soon—this is your last chance to see it anywhere in the world! Due to popular demand, the Denver Art Museum has extended Brilliant through Tuesday, March 17. Evening hours also have been added for the final weekend, March 13-15 (open until 10 pm, with last entry between 8:30 and 9 pm).

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  Brilliant Explores the Art of Smoking

Brilliant Explores the Art of Smoking

The Denver Art Museum exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century is divided into six sections, including one on the Art of Smoking. At the turn of the century smoking in polite society largely was limited to men and Russian women. As social norms loosened, cigarette smoking was widely adopted, and elegant smoking accessories became a necessity for fashionable men and women. The exhibition features cigar cutters, cigarette cases, and lighters from 1907 through the 1940s.

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The DAM Celebrates the Month of Photography

The DAM Celebrates the Month of Photography

Photography-centric gallery openings, lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews, parties, and more will be the talk of town (and region) starting this Sunday, March 1 with the kickoff of the Month of Photography Denver (MoP).

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  The Creative Benefits of Taking Your Time—Q&A with Photographer Barbara Bosworth

The Creative Benefits of Taking Your Time—Q&A with Photographer Barbara Bosworth

Photographer Barbara Bosworth chats with the Denver Art Museum before the opening of the exhibition Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder and her Month of Photography Lecture on March 13.

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  Enjoy Asian Influences in Brilliant & in the Denver Art Museum Collection (Photos)

Enjoy Asian Influences in Brilliant & in the Denver Art Museum Collection (Photos)

A discussion of Asian artworks in our collection similar to Cartier's inspirations and designs.

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  Get to Know Mexican Film Legend María Félix & See Her Jewels in Brilliant

Get to Know Mexican Film Legend María Félix & See Her Jewels in Brilliant

The Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, features signature jewels created by the world-famous design house of Cartier. The significance of the show resides not only in the beauty of the magnificent jewels selected for the exhibition, but also in the exceptional degree of craftsmanship required to make each piece. It is not every day that one has the opportunity to experience the singular beauty and artistry of Cartier jewels in person.

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  Just in Time for the Oscars! Discover Brilliant's Hollywood Connections

Just in Time for the Oscars! Discover Brilliant's Hollywood Connections

In honor of the Oscars (Feb. 22) and Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, we’ve compiled the following list of movies that feature some of the finest jewels from Cartier on several of Hollywood’s most iconic leading ladies. During the golden age of Hollywood (1920-1960s), many leading actresses created longstanding relationships with Cartier and accumulated collections of the exquisite jewelry, worn on and off screen.

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Make a Statement This Month at Untitled

Make a Statement This Month at Untitled

Note: Download the program (PDF) for February 27.

At Untitled: Statement Piece at the Denver Art Museum on February 27 we’re doing everything with style and definitely a lot of pizazz. This final Friday is all about making a statement in whichever medium you choose: fashion, film, poetry, prose or even cabinetry.

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  CBS Sunday Morning Features Brilliant (Video)

CBS Sunday Morning Features Brilliant (Video)

For Valentine's Day, CBS Sunday Morning focused on romance, including a visit to Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Below, watch Jane Pauley chat with curator Margaret Young-Sánchez and with one of the couples that got engaged in the exhibition. Brilliant is on view exclusively at the Denver Art Museum until March 15. Buy tickets.

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Thanks to an IMLS Grant the DAM is Upgrading Textile Art Storage

Thanks to an IMLS Grant the DAM is Upgrading Textile Art Storage

Recently, the Denver Art Museum received a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help us improve how we store works of art in our textile art collection. Since preserving artworks in the collection is part of our mission, we are very excited that we will be installing new rolling screens that will improve storage and access for textile artworks. The new storage system will streamline preparation for the expanded calendar of textile art exhibitions, rotations, and programs.

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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 Brilliant 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 Brilliant 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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