TAG: Behind the Scenes

Get to Know: The DAM's Neighbor, Clyfford Still Museum

Get to Know: The DAM's Neighbor, Clyfford Still Museum

Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at the DAM is presented in conjunction with a special exhibition at the Clyfford Still Museum titled 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, which recreates Still’s landmark 1959 exhibition at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery. What should visitors know about the Clyfford Still Museum before they go? What exactly IS the Clyfford Still Museum? And who is this guy, Clyfford Still? More

Exit Shop Lets Visitors Take Home a Souvenir of Modern Masters

Exit Shop Lets Visitors Take Home a Souvenir of Modern Masters

The Shop at the Denver Art Museum is proud to announce the opening of an exit shop in conjunction with Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The shop is located at the end of the Modern Masters exhibition, providing guests the opportunity to purchase gifts and souvenirs to commemorate their experiences. More

How Feedback from Families Improves the DAM

How Feedback from Families Improves the DAM

Here at the DAM, feedback is crucial. In fact, we thrive on it. Lucky for us, Denver families are not shy. Their thoughts inform us every step of the way, making our projects better. We are always surprised by what the museum and our projects mean to them. More

The Reasoning Behind Fracture: Cubism & After

The Reasoning Behind Fracture: Cubism & After

The Chambers and Grant Gallery on level three of the Hamilton Building provides great opportunity for a focused presentation. Its intimate size mandates a careful selection of works so that each relates to the others in meaningful ways. Unlike some of our larger galleries, this one offers a quiet conversation between works one can see in a single sweep of vision. More

Same Ticket Gets You into Modern Masters & Clyfford Still Museum's 1959

Same Ticket Gets You into Modern Masters & Clyfford Still Museum's 1959

We Denverites are lucky people. We are graced with beautiful scenery, weather much of the country envies, and one of the greatest cultural arts scenes in the United States, with the Denver Art Museum serving as one its anchors. Located just next door to the DAM, on the corner of 13th Avenue and Bannock Street, is the Clyfford Still Museum, the newest addition to the cultural arts district in the Golden Triangle neighborhood and another representation of just what makes Denver so great. More

Little Kids Make Big Impact in Student Showcase

Little Kids Make Big Impact in Student Showcase

Every year I am wowed not only by the creativity of the young artists in our student showcases but also the hard work and impact of their dedicated teachers. We just deinstalled the fifth annual Denver Public Schools Elementary and Middle School Three-Dimensional showcase. This year’s show includes sculpture, ceramics, fiber, paper, free-standing, mixed media, and installation pieces. Of all the works on display, I am probably the most struck by the powerful art installation by Ms. More

How Artists Under Communist Rule Created American Western Film Posters

How Artists Under Communist Rule Created American Western Film Posters

Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western is an impressive collection from the golden age of Polish poster art, the culmination of an art form 100 years in the making. More

Queen’s Gallery Debuts Exhibition Coming to the DAM in 2015

Queen’s Gallery Debuts Exhibition Coming to the DAM in 2015

I’m pictured here in the conservation lab of the Royal Library and Print Room at Windsor Castle where I spent time with the paper conservator to look at some drawings that had been mounted on stiff fiberboard during the nineteenth century. This was considered a superior method of preserving old master drawings such as those on the table by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (called Il Grechetto). Castiglione was a Genoese artist who became famous for his brush drawings in oil pigments on unprimed paper, pen and ink studies, as well as etchings. More

Denver Art Museum Artworks Travel the World

Denver Art Museum Artworks Travel the World

In almost every month of the year, staff members at the Denver Art Museum prepare artworks in our collection to be loaned to other museums around the world. It’s part of our mission, and we realize that without loans, exhibitions like Becoming Van Gogh could not happen. More

For Your Frame of Reference: The Scoop on Untitled #64 (Framed)

For Your Frame of Reference: The Scoop on Untitled #64 (Framed)

February 26 update: Here is the program (PDF) for this month's Untitled.

Although Valentine's Day may have come and gone, Untitled #64 (Framed) will still be spreading the love on February 28. Dry Creek Gold Leaf, Inc. framers are the DAM's most beloved matchmakers, pairing artworks with their perfect decorative borders for the last 20 years. More

Join Curators from New York, Texas & Denver for a Conversation About Artist Clyfford Still

Join Curators from New York, Texas & Denver for a Conversation About Artist Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still’s relationship with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery began in the mid-1950s and continued until his death, culminating in his unprecedented gift of 31 paintings to the gallery in 1964. On February 26, the Clyfford Still Museum brings together two individuals who worked extensively at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery with the art of Clyfford Still for "Clyfford Still and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery: A Conversation." More

Chocolate Brings People Together at CelebrARTE

Chocolate Brings People Together at CelebrARTE

The theme of this month’s CelebrARTE is “Chocolate,” a food we think of around Valentine’s Day. For generations we have been gifting chocolate to our loved ones on this holiday, and it is no surprise given the food’s history. More

Now Your Whole Family Can Be DAM Members

Now Your Whole Family Can Be DAM Members

Did you know your children can now be card-carrying DAM members? We recently added the option for members at the Family level and above to register for kids cards. We noticed a trend of young art enthusiasts running up to check their families in for a day at the DAM, so we thought we’d make it official. Any child aged 18 or younger and residing in your household is eligible. More

In Case You Missed It: Roundup of Our Notes & Photos from Passport to Paris

In Case You Missed It: Roundup of Our Notes & Photos from Passport to Paris

Over the course of Passport to Paris' run at the DAM, the exhibition has sparked some exciting revelations. We've captured them here so you and we can relive some of the Parisian magic. More

Toast the Denver Art Museum at DAM Uncorked

Toast the Denver Art Museum at DAM Uncorked

The Denver Art Museum will host its annual wine weekend fundraiser on April 11 and 12. We thought it would be fun to show the DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting by the numbers. Here’s a breakdown: More

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from The Shop Staff

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from The Shop Staff

Note: Visit the online shop and receive 15% off your entire purchase with the promotion code LOVE2SAVE. Offer is valid through February 15, 2014. More

Comparing Denver & Paris in the 1870s

Comparing Denver & Paris in the 1870s

As Passport to Paris invites us to travel back in time through the history of French art, visitors may wonder what was happening in Denver at similar points in history. When the impressionists were bringing their easels out of their homes and into the streets, what did the streets of Denver look like? More

10 Quotes from Monet, Cézanne & Others Who Inspired Passport to Paris

10 Quotes from Monet, Cézanne & Others Who Inspired Passport to Paris

How can a museum exhibition tell a sweeping story of 300 years of social, historic, and artistic change? In Passport to Paris, we relied on three pretty amazing groups of art objects to do a lot of the heavy lifting, but art doesn’t always speak on its own. To help us tell the story, we turned to artists, critics, and even King Louis XIV. Here are ten quotes that you’ll find on the walls and labels in the Passport to Paris galleries. More

A Big Grant Makes a Big Difference for Textile Art

A Big Grant Makes a Big Difference for Textile Art

In March 2013, the Denver Art Museum received a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York to establish an endowment for the textile conservator in the museum’s conservation department. This prestigious award also included funds to create the first-ever fellowship in textile art conservation at the DAM. More

4 Surprising Things About Creativity I Learned from Poster Designers*

4 Surprising Things About Creativity I Learned from Poster Designers*

One recent morning, I woke up and started scrolling down my Twitter feed (don't judge) and ran across four posts in a row that were titled something like "top 10 things to...", "5 ways to...", and "the 20 most popular," and I felt annoyed. Why? Because I clicked on them all. There's just something so alluring about the promise of knowing everything you could possibly want to know in just a few little bits of info, right? More