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PreVIEW Open Window
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PreVIEW Open Window

Occurs every Wednesday. Next Occurs on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 10:30am12:00pm.

Stop by for PREVIEW Open Window on Wednesday from 10:30 am-noon. More

Textile storage assistants roll textiles
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See How the DAM Updated Textile Art Storage

Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the collections management department just completed an upgrade of the rolled textile storage collection. See their work in a time-lapse video and photographs. More

The Conservation of Linda's Modern Materials 
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The Conservation of Linda's Modern Materials 

How Did John DeAndrea Achieve Such Lifelike Qualities?

The highly realistic sculpture Linda by Colorado artist John DeAndrea has been a visitor favorite at the Denver Art Museum since it became a part of the collection in 1984. Linda is also an important work of contemporary art in which DeAndrea made innovative use of a material that was fairly new to art at the time: plastic. This is why Linda is of such interest to us in the museum’s conservation department. More

Tapestry Video 4: Cleaning & Stabilizing
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Tapestry Video 4: Cleaning & Stabilizing

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).

Curators have examined it and explored its history, and textile art conservators have been testing and repairing the tapestry. In this video, conservators clean and stabilize the tapestry. More

Tapestry Video 3: A Plan for Repair
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Tapestry Video 3: A Plan for Repair

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). More

Tapestry Video 2:  Discovering Symbols & Motifs
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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). More

Tapestry Video 1: Clues about the Creation & Use
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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). More

Conserving a Spanish Colonial Table Cover (Videos)
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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. More

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

Conservation of a King: Aesthetic Compensation & Next Steps (Part 4)
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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. More

Conservation of a King: Surface Cleaning & Structural Stabilization (Part 3)
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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. More

Conservation of a King: Developing a Treatment Plan (Part 2)
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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). More

Conserving a Spanish Colonial Sculpture
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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. More

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

DAM Art Storage Space
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The DAM's Art Storage Gets an Upgrade

The Denver Art Museum’s new staff office building not only houses more than 100 staff members, but it’ll also soon be home to parts of our permanent collection. The DAM’s collections management team has begun to move art from a temporary storage space in the North Building into the new, purpose-built Bannock collections storage area this month. More

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