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