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10 Things Not to Miss at the DAM in 2014—Our Staff Weighs In

10 Things Not to Miss at the DAM in 2014—Our Staff Weighs In

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one." —Brad Paisley

Country music words to live by. To help you “write a good one” I surveyed some of the Denver Art Museum staff to find out what they are most excited about in the coming year. Even though 2013 is a mere day behind us, the DAM team is already running full-speed ahead and working on amazing exhibitions and projects. Mark your calendar for these not-to-be-missed moments. More

From Portrait to Play: The Making of the DAM’s Inca Ruler Costumes

From Portrait to Play: The Making of the DAM’s Inca Ruler Costumes

When I first moved to Denver nearly four years ago, one of the first things I wanted to see was the notable Spanish Colonial art collections of the Denver Art Museum. I will not forget the moment I first walked into the galleries because I was blown away by the brightly colored series of portraits of Inca rulers that covered the first wall of the gallery. More

Gone but Not Forgotten: The Second Life of Exhibitions

Gone but Not Forgotten: The Second Life of Exhibitions

Exhibitions by their nature are ephemeral. Consider the DAM’s recent exhibition Red, White, and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870 in which classic period blankets came from institutions and private collections from around Colorado and California to be included in the show. It is unlikely that all of those works will ever come together for a show again. However, the impact of an exhibition can be far reaching. More

Collectors’ Choice 33 – A Celebration of the West

Collectors’ Choice 33 – A Celebration of the West

On December 5, more than 400 guests gathered for Collectors’ Choice 33, the premier gala for the Denver Art Museum. This year’s Collectors’ Choice celebrated the past, present, and future of the DAM’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art by honoring Jim Wallace, Tom Petrie, and Henry Roath. More

The Sounds of Passport to Paris: Collaborating with the Colorado Symphony

The Sounds of Passport to Paris: Collaborating with the Colorado Symphony

During the planning phases of Court to Café, one of three exhibitions in the Passport to Paris suite, the exhibition team wanted to create an immersive experience for visitors. More

A Hand-Crafted Frame: The Other Artwork on the Wall

A Hand-Crafted Frame: The Other Artwork on the Wall

While we generally shine the spotlight on one of our stunning works of art, in this blog post I want to illuminate the oft overlooked frame. Recently, museum supporter Kent Logan loaned a new artwork by Canadian Cree artist Kent Monkman for the exhibition Sovereign: Independent Voices. The painting, titled History is Painted by the Victors, is steeped in historical art references and recreates a painting by nineteenth-century artist Albert Bierstadt. More

New on the DAM Calendar: Textile Talks & Workshops

New on the DAM Calendar: Textile Talks & Workshops

Our celebration of textiles this year continues now that we have launched several more exciting projects at the DAM–the Thread Studio, a brand new textile gallery, and the opening of PreVIEW. The special spaces you may have discovered during Spun are still on view and now offer a suite of regular programming. More

Conserving an Eighteenth-Century French Sedan Chair: Treatment (Part 2 of 2)

Conserving an Eighteenth-Century French Sedan Chair: Treatment (Part 2 of 2)

The successful conservation of the sedan chair now on display in Court to Café relied on a collaborative approach with conservators providing expertise in the treatment of furniture, objects, paintings, and textiles. More

Families Will Have a Ball During Winter Break at the DAM

Families Will Have a Ball During Winter Break at the DAM

Passport to Paris is in full swing at the Denver Art Museum, and it has been fueling lots of our projects and programs for families. More

Five Facts About Claude Monet's Water Lilies

Five Facts About Claude Monet's Water Lilies

Claude Monet’s love of water lilies is well documented in his artistic output. Monet’s pond in Giverny became his universe during the last two decades of his life, providing the subject for more than 300 artworks. He became a master gardener, continually adding new specimens for artistic inspiration. (See Monet's profile in our series of Passport to Paris artist profiles.) More

Holiday Gifts For Everyone on Your List

Holiday Gifts For Everyone on Your List

The team at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum is ready to recommend creative and fun gift ideas to take the stress out of shopping this holiday season. Find something for everyone on your list – all at a great price! The Museum Shop offers unique, artistic merchandise that will make any celebration a memorable one. Read on for suggestions – grouped by budget and who is on your list.

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French Shopping Fun at the Denver Art Museum

French Shopping Fun at the Denver Art Museum

What fun it was to create the Passport to Paris Shop. I knew the three exhibitions in Passport to Paris would be fabulously rich with amazing artworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum, the private collection of Frederic Hamilton, and the DAM’s collection. I also knew the exhibition design would be stunning as our exhibition team is truly a group of professionals and artists in their own right. More

Be a DAM Good Friend on Colorado Gives Day on December 10

Be a DAM Good Friend on Colorado Gives Day on December 10

Colorado Gives Day is quickly approaching and donations can be scheduled now! This initiative was created with the goal of inspiring and uniting Coloradans in support of local nonprofits. Last year, Coloradans made a profound impact by donating $15.4 million via online donations…in just 24 hours! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by giving where you live? This year, Colorado Gives Day is on December 10.

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Holiday Deals Abound at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum

Holiday Deals Abound at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, and the Denver Art Museum is offering deals for members and nonmembers, in-store and online. In addition, our Member Holiday Shopping Event is on December 2. Members get special savings and can see Passport to Paris on a Monday when the museum is usually closed. More

Etiquette Tips for Passport to Paris & Other Special Exhibitions

Etiquette Tips for Passport to Paris & Other Special Exhibitions

Here at the Denver Art Museum we care about the visitor experience. We want everyone to enjoy their visit, relax, and maybe learn a little something. Whenever we have a special exhibition (such as Passport to Paris) there are usually special rules that come along with it. In order to get the most out of your visit and allow others to do the same, here are some guidelines for exhibition etiquette. More

Chuck Forsman Gives Preview of Seen in Passing

Chuck Forsman Gives Preview of Seen in Passing

On the morning of November 14, the Denver Art Museum offered media a sneak peek of Seen in Passing: Photographs by Chuck Forsman. A painter and photographer from Boulder, Forsman considers himself a “professional voyeur," someone whose job is to observe his environment with a keen eye. More

The Five Senses of Passport to Paris

The Five Senses of Passport to Paris

Passport to Paris is a feast for the senses with beautiful sights and sounds (the Colorado Symphony curated music for each exhibition). To highlight this, Denver Art Museum staff are publishing a series on The Five Senses of Passport to Paris focusing on touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell. More

A Taste of the Unexpected: Paul Gauguin’s Illustrated Menus

A Taste of the Unexpected: Paul Gauguin’s Illustrated Menus

Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection features 39 drawings with a dynamic array of mediums, techniques, and subject matter. One of the most unexpected surprises in the exhibition is a set of two menus illustrated by artist Paul Gauguin. More

Opening Gala Celebrates Passport to Paris

Opening Gala Celebrates Passport to Paris

On October 25, The Museum Associates, patrons, and other sponsors gathered to celebrate the opening of Passport to Paris, the Denver Art Museum’s beautiful new exhibition showcasing three centuries of French art. More

DAM’s Latino Programs Celebrate Journeys & Being Home

DAM’s Latino Programs Celebrate Journeys & Being Home

November is proving to be a full month for art and activities that focus on our Latino community. Through art installations, brand new activity spaces, and live programs we are exploring where we came from, and where we are going. More