Why did French artists of the 19th century paint flowers? Was it a way for them to respond directly to nature, a connection to artistic tradition, or simply the ideal modernist subject matter, void of narrative?
In this lecture, Dr. Heather MacDonald, co-curator of the exhibition In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism, will discuss the history of flower painting in France and how it became such a vital and innovative practice in the hands of the impressionists and their contemporaries. More
In Bloom explores the development of nineteenth-century French floral still-life painting, and features about 60 paintings by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and others. More
See 90 of the finest drawings, etchings and monotypes by the master draftsman, painter, and printmaker Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. The exhibition explores Castiglione’s mastery of art and how he produced brilliant works despite his turbulent private life that prevented him from becoming more widely known. More
Movember, a combination of the words “mustache” and “November,” is an annual event during which men grow mustaches in November to raise awareness for various men’s health issues. In honor of it, we put together a selection of 'staches at the Denver Art Museum.
The campaign is run by The Movember Foundation. Their vision is to “get men to grow mustaches and the community to support them by creating an innovative, fun, and engaging annual Movember campaign.” More
The Denver Art Museum presents a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the art of Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie. Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio is organized by the Denver Art Museum and will feature more than 100 works created in a variety of media, including pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil, and mixed media. More
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. More
Learn the story behind one of the most popular paintings in the Berger Collection from curator Kathleen Stuart. Find out who’s pictured, who’s a boy and who’s a girl (!), and why the baby of the family is not dressed!
Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed.
Meet at 4 pm in the elevator lobby on level six of the North Building.
The illustrated talk will provide a survey of the history of frame styles and framing practices, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Reference will be made to the frame in the context of historic interior design and the development of ornament, collectors and their taste in framing and the relationship between artists and their frames. Carving, gilding and decorative techniques in frame making will also be discussed.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. More
“Upon first glance, viewers might think Daniel’s works are photographs because of their stunningly realistic elements. However, the longer we look at one of his paintings, the more we become aware that they are anything but a part of our world. We encounter Sprick’s paintings not so much as statements, but more as experiences, whereby we engage deeply with his creativity.”
- Timothy J. Standring, exhibition curator and Gates Foundation Curator at the DAM More
“[One of] 15 international summer art exhibitions you should definitely see.” — The Huffington Post
"This show promises to be one of the greatest art events of the summer." — Michael Paglia, art ltd. magazine
Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective features the work of painter Tom Wesselmann, who is widely regarded as one of the leading figures of American pop art. More
Cubist paintings were based on things in the visible world. Yet they often showed objects fractured, or broken, as if seen from more than one point of view at once. This rotation includes 14 paintings, ranging from Nature Morte (1914) by Pablo Picasso, to Roy Lichtenstein’s The Violin (1976). More
Also part of the TEFAF was the conservation of the painting’s frame. The frame is "period," meaning stylistically it is of similar age as that of the painting, but not original to our Canaletto. This is not surprising since frames, historically, were not really perceived as works of art themselves and, indeed, the idea of placing a higher value on the “package” of both the painting and its original frame is a relatively new concept. Our frame is constructed of wood with hand-carved elements originally gilded using water and oil gilding techniques. More
Sovereign: Independent Voices highlights the work of three leading American Indian contemporary artists, Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson, and Virgil Ortiz, who have received international acclaim. These artists challenge people to think more broadly about the place of native artists in the contemporary art world through a fusion of historic techniques with contemporary styles and ideas. The included works reflect meditations on the self and native histories in a variety of media, including painting, sculptural ceramics, and multimedia works. More
Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection is part of the exhibition Passport to Paris.
Inspired by the drawings cabinets of gentlemen and connoisseurs, this exhibition will offer a space where visitors can get close to artworks, the intimate nature of which invites contemplation and close-up viewing. Curator Angelica Daneo notes the special immediacy of a work-on-paper where little separates the viewer from the direct hand of the artist. More
Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum was part of the exhibition Passport to Paris. It features the Impressionist masterworks that Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. More
Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum is part of the exhibition Passport to Paris.
It features 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Masters such as Nicolas Poussin, François Boucher, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Claude Monet will be among those represented. More
Fifteen of Thomas Moran’s chromolithographs (multicolor prints) as well as watercolors, drawings, and oil paintings will be on view at the DAM in an exhibition titled Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone: A Project for the Nation. More
The idea of reversibility is a very important concept in modern conservation practice. I chose materials with good and known aging characteristics, understanding that my work may need to be removed and/or redone, in the future. It is important that my conservation treatments are reversible. I know that the adhesive I chose to bond the original and lining canvases could be separated in the future and will not cause further harm to the artwork. More
Drawing from the Denver Art Museum’s extensive Spanish colonial art collection, Fashion Fusion looks at the influence textile motif’s have had on other artistic mediums.
Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More
We've been enjoying Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and Land at the DAM for two months now. Visitors and staff have been soaking up O’Keeffe’s bright color palette, exploring her favorite views of the landscape, and finding a dash of the unexpected with the incorporation of works of art from our native arts collection. More