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  The Prolific Patterns of Printed and Painted

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 Brilliant

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 Brilliant 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 Brilliant: 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.

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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 Brilliant

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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  Brilliant 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 Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century

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: Brilliant 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: Brilliant 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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