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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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Dive Deeper into Matisse Exhibition during Free Night at the Museums

Dive Deeper into Matisse Exhibition during Free Night at the Museums

Denver Arts Week, a celebration of the city’s rich and diverse arts and cultural scene, kicks off this weekend. The Denver Art Museum is participating in Free Night at the Museums on Saturday, November 8 by staying open late and offering free general admission from 5–10 pm.

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"...All I Thought of Was Making My Colors Sing" & 13 Other Quotes from Henri Matisse

"...All I Thought of Was Making My Colors Sing" & 13 Other Quotes from Henri Matisse

The Denver Art Museum exhibition Matisse and Friends showcases 14 extraordinary works of art from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Henri Matisse, who is represented by four works in the show, was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century and a central figure in the radical movement known as "fauvism" (fauve is French for wild beast). Here are a few great quotes that get at his experimental and expressive nature.

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Introducing American Sign Language Tours of the Denver Art Museum (Video)

Introducing American Sign Language Tours of the Denver Art Museum (Video)

This October, the Denver Art Museum launched its first Collection Highlights Tour in both English and American Sign Language (ASL). As part of the museum’s commitment to accessibility, the DAM aims to increase its ongoing program offerings so that more activities are available on a regular basis and without special request. Examples now include the ASL Collection Highlights Tour, Tactile Tables, and Art & About Tours, which are for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s and their care partners.

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Abelardo Morell was 1 of the 2014 Anderman Photography Lecture Speakers

Abelardo Morell was 1 of the 2014 Anderman Photography Lecture Speakers

Abelardo Morell creates innovative and surprising photographs that encourage us to question the way we see. Widely known for his pictures that capture the projections from room-scale camera obscuras—the earliest form of camera that uses a basic pinhole to resolve an image in a darkened room—Morell draws upon the origins of the medium to transform the everyday into something special. In the process, he emphasizes that photography always manipulates what we perceive.

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DAM Curator to Discuss the Berger Collection of British Art–Now on Tour (Photos)

DAM Curator to Discuss the Berger Collection of British Art–Now on Tour (Photos)

Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection just opened at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and a good time was had by all–including Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich, shown in the photo above admiring the Berger Collection painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck, Dorothy, Lady Dacre.

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Investing in Culture Brings Value to Colorado–Cintra Pollack on Joining the Young Museum Associates

Investing in Culture Brings Value to Colorado–Cintra Pollack on Joining the Young Museum Associates

Cintra Pollack has strong memories of the Denver Art Museum, from visiting the Native American collection and Linda by John DeAndrea on school field trips to meeting artists while coming to events with her mother who has been involved with the museum for many years. When she moved back to Denver after living in Boston and Seattle, Cintra was thrilled to get involved with the DAM on a deeper level. “I believe in giving where you live, and that investing in culture brings great value to every community,” she says.

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7 Tips for Planning an Office Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Contest (Photos)

7 Tips for Planning an Office Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Contest (Photos)

The Denver Art Museum recently held a staff pumpkin-carving contest that was a lot of fun and really got people motivated (see the photos in the slide show below to see how creative we got). If your employees or coworkers would like to follow suit, here are a few wickedly simple steps to follow to help ensure your pumpkin-carving event is as successful as ours was:

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How Do You Define Creativity? More than 600 People Answer that Question in the DAM's New Report (Video)

How Do You Define Creativity? More than 600 People Answer that Question in the DAM's New Report (Video)

Tapping into Creativity and Becoming Part of Something Bigger (PDF) is the result of an 18-month investigation into understanding the impacts the Denver Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs have on visitors’ creative lives. And after one literature review, three focus group sessions, 38 interviews with visitors, and a survey of more than 600 people, we came to see that visitors define creativity as an expansive way of thinking and approaching the world.

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How the DAM Prepared Rare-Earth Magnets for Installation of Oceanic Textiles

How the DAM Prepared Rare-Earth Magnets for Installation of Oceanic Textiles

Rare-earth magnets are frequently used in the mounting or hanging of textiles, as has been previously highlighted in Denver Art Museum blog posts on the installation of American Indian, Chinese, and resist-dyed objects.

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The DAM Debuts Close-Looking Experience at Matisse and Friends Preview (Photos)

The DAM Debuts Close-Looking Experience at Matisse and Friends Preview (Photos)

Get comfy, Denver. The DAM is inviting people to spend time looking closely at 14 French paintings this fall. The new exhibition Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art opens this weekend. Director Christoph Heinrich and master teacher Danielle St. Peter led media through the exhibition on October 9.

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The DAM Displays a Different Kind of Panini with 18th-Century Italian Painting

The DAM Displays a Different Kind of Panini with 18th-Century Italian Painting

Come check out level six of the North Building of the Denver Art Museum where you can now see an imaginary view of Rome by eighteenth-century Italian master Giovanni Paolo Panini. The subject is a capriccio (literally, a caprice), indicating a composition where real and invented architectural structures are brought together in imaginary settings.

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Make an Art-Inspired Halloween Costume

Make an Art-Inspired Halloween Costume

Looking for unique costume ideas? The folks in the Denver Art Museum's learning and engagement department have you covered. Check out their dDIY with instructions for making art-inspired Halloween costumes. (The costumes above were inspired by Fox Games by Sandy Skoglund, which is no longer on view.)

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Living & Learning from Art: A DAM Volunteer Shares Her Experience

Living & Learning from Art: A DAM Volunteer Shares Her Experience

For many years, Jeanne Kearns has been an invaluable volunteer at the Denver Art Museum. Serving on both the Guest Services Council and Volunteer Executive Board, Jeanne has contributed more than 2,000 hours to the museum. Before her time at the DAM, Jeanne was a consultant for the federal government and taught nursing at the University of Colorado. In 1996, she retired from her position as Executive Director of the Western Institute of Nursing and decided to dedicate her time to the Denver Art Museum.

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Conserving Shattered Silk in an Early 20th Century Souvenir Ribbon Quilt

Conserving Shattered Silk in an Early 20th Century Souvenir Ribbon Quilt

Lyrical, structured, bold, colorful, whimsical, meticulous, commemorative, and even “crazy," the quilts currently on display in First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection cover a staggering amount of design territory. Enticing the viewer’s eye to the back of the gallery is a striking grid of red and black interspersed with a rainbow of other colors.

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Young Artist Featured in The Shop at the DAM Raises $2,000 for Children's Hospital Colorado

Young Artist Featured in The Shop at the DAM Raises $2,000 for Children's Hospital Colorado

The Shop at the Denver Art Museum now features a new selection of designs in the popular line of stationary cards from Art by Adelyn. You may remember Adelyn Wall from an earlier blog post. She is the young artist and founder of Art by Adelyn, a Colorado nonprofit organization benefitting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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  10 Things That Make an Athletic Artist Tick—Q&A with Gail Folwell

10 Things That Make an Athletic Artist Tick—Q&A with Gail Folwell

She can be seen climbing around her taller-than-most-of-us sculptures barefoot and pedaling up Tour de France mountains in France. Artist Gail Folwell is on the move, like the subjects in her work.

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  Top 5 Reasons to Book a Group Visit to <em>Brilliant</em> Now

Top 5 Reasons to Book a Group Visit to Brilliant Now

October 1 update: Tickets for Brilliant are on sale for individuals as well as groups.

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  The DAM, Cleo Parker Robinson & Mexican Dance Company Celebrate Unity Across Cultures

The DAM, Cleo Parker Robinson & Mexican Dance Company Celebrate Unity Across Cultures

Unidos, the theme for this month’s CelebrARTE at the Denver Art Museum, means unified or united.

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  Come Face to Face with Painters, Portraits & People at Untitled #71

Come Face to Face with Painters, Portraits & People at Untitled #71

Update: Download the program (PDF) for Friday, September 26.

At Untitled #71 (Face Time) take a deep dive into the art of portraiture and chat with local and national artists.

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The DAM Publishes New Book About British Art

The DAM Publishes New Book About British Art

The Denver Art Museum is celebrating Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection by Berger Collection curator Kathleen Stuart, the first publication on the collection to appear in 16 years. It features in-depth essays on 50 masterworks by some of the greatest artists of the British school: Hans Holbein the Younger, Anthony van Dyck, Peter Lely, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent, Howard Hodgkin, and Adam Birtwistle.

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Shop at the DAM & Find Inspiring Items for Kids for $10 or Less

Shop at the DAM & Find Inspiring Items for Kids for $10 or Less

Teachers, parents, and kids will find inspiring activities, art supplies, and books in the Denver Art Museum's new North Shop. Come shop for these great items and explore many more.

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Take Action on International Literacy Day

Take Action on International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day, which highlights the importance of literacy to individuals and to society. In 1991, designer Julius Friedman addressed the problem of adult illiteracy in a series of posters, four of which are on view at the Denver Art Museum in Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives.

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7 Things Teachers Can Do With the DAM During the 2014–2015 School Year

7 Things Teachers Can Do With the DAM During the 2014–2015 School Year

With students settling in and instructional plans in place, take a moment to check out the seven top things you can do with the Denver Art Museum this school year.

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