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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

Textile Talk: Work in Progress
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talk: Work in Progress

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

DAM conservation and curatorial staff discuss their latest work preparing for the spring’s tapestry exhibition.

$5, Pre-registration required.

Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, Macy’s Foundation, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). More

Textile Talk: New Acquisitions
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Textile Talk: New Acquisitions

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10:30am11:30am.

Take a first look at new acquisitions to the textile collection with curator Alice Zrebiec.

$5, Pre-registration required.

Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, Macy’s Foundation, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). More

Textile Talk: Surprises from Storage
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Textile Talk: Surprises from Storage

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

Join DAM conservation and curatorial staff as they uncover new revelations from textile art collection storage.

$5, Pre-registration required.

Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, Macy’s Foundation, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). More

Textile Talk: Serapes & Rio Grande Weavings
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Textile Talk: Serapes & Rio Grande Weavings

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:30am11:30am.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the DAM’s holdings with expert Mark Winter.

$5, Pre-registration required.

Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, Macy’s Foundation, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). More

Textile Talk: Tapestries from Coptic to Contemporary, Part II (Dec. 3)
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Textile Talk: Tapestries from Coptic to Contemporary, Part II (Dec. 3)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:30am11:30am.

Get up to speed on the progress being made in planning the upcoming textile art exhibition--hear which tapestries from last month made the cut and which didn’t.

$5, Pre-registration required.

Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, Macy’s Foundation, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). More

Textile Talk: Tapestries from Coptic to Contemporary, Part I (Nov. 19)
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talk: Tapestries from Coptic to Contemporary, Part I (Nov. 19)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

Join DAM conservation and curatorial staff as they vet tapestries from a range of time periods and cultures for this spring’s textile art exhibition

$5, Pre-registration required.

This lecture is also offered on Nov. 5, 10:30-11:30 am

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Textile Talk: Tapestries from Coptic to Contemporary, Part I (Nov. 5)
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talk: Tapestries from Coptic to Contemporary, Part I (Nov. 5)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:30am11:30am.

Join DAM conservation and curatorial staff as they vet tapestries from a range of time periods and cultures for this spring’s textile art exhibition.

This talk will be repeated on Nov. 19, 1:30-2:30 pm.

$5, Pre-registration required.

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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

Textile Talk: Preparing Tapestries for Exhibit, Part 2 (Oct. 15)
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talk: Preparing Tapestries for Exhibit, Part 2 (Oct. 15)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

The DAM conservation team continues its work readying tapestries from the museum’s collection to go on view—see their progress and latest challenges and solutions!

This program also offered October 1, 10:30-11:30 am

$5; pre-registration required.

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Textile Talk: Preparing Tapestries for Exhibit, Part 2 (Oct. 1)
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talk: Preparing Tapestries for Exhibit, Part 2 (Oct. 1)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:30am11:30am.

The DAM conservation team continues its work readying tapestries from the museum’s collection to go on view—see their progress and latest challenges and solutions!

Program will repeat on October 15, 1:30-2:30 pm

$5; pre-registration required.

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Textile Talk: Preparing Tapestries for Exhibit, Part 1 (Sept. 17)
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talk: Preparing Tapestries for Exhibit, Part 1 (Sept. 17)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

Watch DAM conservators work and learn what it takes to make the museum’s tapestries gallery- and display-ready.

Program also offered September 3, 10:30-11:30 am

Tickets are $5; pre-registration required. More

Textile Talk: Preparing Tapestries for Exhibit, Part 1 (Sept. 3)
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talk: Preparing Tapestries for Exhibit, Part 1 (Sept. 3)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 10:30am11:30am.

Watch DAM conservators work and learn what it takes to make the museum’s tapestries gallery- and display-ready.

Program will repeat on September 17, 1:30-2:30 pm

Tickets are $5; pre-registration required. 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

Textile Talks: Collection Investigation—Tapestries & Samplers, Part II (August 6)
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talks: Collection Investigation—Tapestries & Samplers, Part II (August 6)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:30am11:30am.

DAM conservators continue work getting objects from storage exhibit-ready. Learn about tools, processes, and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation.

Tickets are $5. Pre-registration is required.

This program will be repeated August 20, 1:30-2:30 pm

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Textile Talks: Collection Investigation—Tapestries & Samplers, Part I (July 16)
Event: Lectures & Programs

Textile Talks: Collection Investigation—Tapestries & Samplers, Part I (July 16)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 1:30pm2:30pm.

Join DAM conservators as they get a head start on future exhibitions and bring out objects that have long been in storage for a first look and initial assessment. Learn about tools, processes, and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation.

Ticket prices: $5. Pre-registration required.

This program also offered July 2, 10:30-11:30 am More