TAG: Behind the Scenes

Q&A with Colorado's Barrio E': What's Behind the Drums

Q&A with Colorado's Barrio E': What's Behind the Drums

De Colores, the theme for this month’s CelebrARTE at the Denver Art Museum, is a traditional Latino song that celebrates the vibrancy of nature and the diversity that makes up our world. On May 18 Barrio E’ will show how Puerto Rican bomba and plena can help us come together as a community. More

DAM Curator Gives Media a Sneak Peek of The American West in Bronze

DAM Curator Gives Media a Sneak Peek of The American West in Bronze

On May 8, Thomas Smith, director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the DAM, gave some of Denver's media a tour of The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925. The exhibition opens to members on May 11 and to the public on May 12. More

Impressionist Art from Hamilton's Landmark Bequest Now on View

Impressionist Art from Hamilton's Landmark Bequest Now on View

In January, the DAM announced the largest gift ever given to the museum. Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, the museum's chairman emeritus, bequeathed 22 impressionist masterworks from his private collection to the museum. Formerly, these works were part of the Nature as Muse exhibition. More

Meet Colorado Artists at The Shop's Mother's Day Jewelry Show

Meet Colorado Artists at The Shop's Mother's Day Jewelry Show

In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Shop at the Denver Art Museum will host a Jewelry and Handbag Trunk Show. On Friday, May 9–Sunday, May 11, from noon–5 pm, visitors to The Shop can meet local artisans while getting an exclusive look at their latest designs. These Colorado-based artists will be on hand to answer questions and to help you pick out the perfect gift for mom—or for yourself. More

Clyfford Still Museum to Hold Its First PechaKucha

Clyfford Still Museum to Hold Its First PechaKucha

[NOTE: This event is sold out. For information about other PechaKucha events in Denver, scroll to the list at the bottom of the page or check out pechakucha.org/cities/Denver.] More

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Artist on Artist: Grace Hollenbeck on Joan Miró

Denver artist Grace Hollenbeck is a yearly participant in the Denver Chalk Art Festival and has also done street painting at the annual "Festival Italiano" in Lakewood since 2009. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Art Education at Concordia University in Nebraska.

DAM: Who is your favorite artist featured in Modern Masters and why? More

The DAM Showcases Music, Dance & Family Fun at Dia del Niño Celebration

The DAM Showcases Music, Dance & Family Fun at Dia del Niño Celebration

It’s that time of the year again. Denver’s Día del Niño celebration of children, families, and culture is Sunday, April 27. Young performers and traditional dancers from Mexico are busy preparing for one of the biggest celebration of their dancing or singing careers. More

New Administration Building Brings DAM Staff Closer to Each Other & to Art

New Administration Building Brings DAM Staff Closer to Each Other & to Art

On March 24, Denver Art Museum staff moved from our old administration building on 14th Street and Tremont, where some of us had worked for almost 20 years, into our new administration building on Bannock Street. With the completion of this much-awaited building, the DAM campus is finally united. The administration building joins the historic North Building, built in 1971, and the iconic Hamilton Building, which opened in 2006. More

Warrior Fashion, Rebel Artists & Comic Mayhem at Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel)

Warrior Fashion, Rebel Artists & Comic Mayhem at Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel)

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Rose B. Simpson has been hard at work the past two months designing and creating warrior fashions (above) and customizing an ’85 El Camino (below). See what happens when the rubber (and leather) meet the road in a trailblazing performance on the Denver Art Museum’s plaza at Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel). More

The DAM Thanks the Real Stars of the Museum at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

The DAM Thanks the Real Stars of the Museum at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

Our art is wonderful, but Denver Art Museum volunteers are even more vibrant! Nearly 470 volunteers give more than 40,000 hours of their time, energy, and expertise every year helping visitors maneuver through the museum and engage with art in dynamic ways. Our volunteers are the real stars of the museum and we greatly appreciate their committed service. They are knowledgeable, interesting, friendly, and fun. They brighten the day of staff members and museum visitors alike. More

Lunch with Peyton Manning & Backstage with Leftover Salmon on DAM Uncorked Proxy Auction Block

Lunch with Peyton Manning & Backstage with Leftover Salmon on DAM Uncorked Proxy Auction Block

Lunch with Peyton Manning and a Leftover Salmon autographed guitar and backstage passes are up for grabs in this year's DAM Uncorked fundraiser. Thanks to the proxy bidding option we have added, you can compete for your dream items from your man cave or back patio.

Also on offer to the highest bidder: More

5 Things You Can Learn from Video Artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

5 Things You Can Learn from Video Artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

Note: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’s work is on display in Fuse Box until May 18. She also is the Logan Lecture speaker on Wednesday, April 9.

1. Art appreciation More

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Artist on Artist: Michael Rieger on Pablo Picasso

Our first artist in our Artist on Artist series is Michael Rieger, a professional photographer, artist, and community arts activist for more than 20 years. His work as a historical photographer for FEMA covers such events as the World Trade Center terrorist attack of September 2011, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2013 Colorado floods. He also works as art director for the Denver Chalk Art Festival and is part owner of Lapis Studio & Gallery in Denver. More

Online Pairings: DAM Art Made into Mood Boards

Online Pairings: DAM Art Made into Mood Boards

The museum can be an amazing resource for Denver creatives; people come to the museum to sketch, search for inspiring colors and patterns, learn about specialized techniques, and more. Many of the programs produced by our adult and college team are based on the idea that the museum can be an active resource in our creative lives. More

How the DAM Equipped PreVIEW with Special Tools for Handling & Examining Textiles

How the DAM Equipped PreVIEW with Special Tools for Handling & Examining Textiles

Located in the northwest corner of the textile art gallery, PreVIEW is a space that offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the handling, care, and study of textiles in the Denver Art Museum’s collection. Along with its role as a venue for public programs, PreVIEW is a multidisciplinary and versatile work area, shared by staff members from the curatorial, conservation, education, exhibitions, and collections management departments. More

23 Quotes from O’Keeffe,  Picasso, Van Gogh & Other Artists Featured in Modern Masters

23 Quotes from O’Keeffe, Picasso, Van Gogh & Other Artists Featured in Modern Masters

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery features paintings and sculptures by some of the most well-known artists of the twentieth century, including Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. More

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Six Ways the DAM is Working to Enhance Visitor Accessibility

A lot has changed over the past year in our access program; we couldn’t resist doing a year in review. Here are six of the many updates we’ve made at the DAM to increase accessibility for visitors: More

Denver Poets Write Surrealist Poetry for the DAM

Denver Poets Write Surrealist Poetry for the DAM

When we were developing Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, I became intrigued, delighted, and sometimes a little freaked out by some of the “games” that surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí would play in 1920s Europe as a way of accessing their unconscious as creative fodder. More

Epic Artmaking Party, Poster Making, Slam Poetry & More at Untitled #65 (Say Anything)

Epic Artmaking Party, Poster Making, Slam Poetry & More at Untitled #65 (Say Anything)

Update: Click here (PDF) for Untitled #65 (Say Anything) program.

Yell it, build it, write it, share it, destroy it, then talk about itthat sums up your night at this month’s Untitled #65 (Say Anything). With chats galore, poster making, roaming poets, and an epic artmaking party, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to sound off through art. More

Q&A with Muralist Leticia Tanguma

Q&A with Muralist Leticia Tanguma

It is through monthly partnerships with artists that CelebrARTE really shines. It is exciting to me to be able to scour Denver’s creative community for the next maestro. As it turns out, this month’s artist, Leticia Tanguma, was hidden right under my nose–her other work is as a security guard for the DAM. You are probably familiar with her artwork. She has assisted her father on several projects, including murals at Denver International Airport. More