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Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM

Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM

The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.

Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More

Detail of Bouquet of Lilies and Roses in a Basket on a Chiffonier

6 Tips for Delighting in the Details in In Bloom 

I’ll never forget when I first discovered the nearly microscopic ant perched on a leaf in Gerard van Spaendonck’s Basket of Flowers on an Alabaster Pedestal, one of the magnificent still life paintings on view in In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism. I’d been spending some quality time with the works on view in anticipation of training our docents to give member tours, and as my eye scanned the elaborately detailed painting, it rested on this easily overlooked detail. More

Rover is a DAM Visitor's Best Friend

Rover is a DAM Visitor's Best Friend

Rover is a website we developed to allow visitors like you to create a tailor-made museum experience to make the most of your trip or help you discover something new.

For example, if you’re visiting with kids, you can focus on activities for family fun.

The more selections you make, the better the recommendations. Think of Rover as your friend inside the museum who knows your tastes as well as it knows the DAM. Each time you come back, Rover will be ready with new recommendations based on your previous interests. More

Conserving the Denver Art Museum's Cow and Calf Re-Patination and Waxing

Conserving the Denver Art Museum's Cow and Calf Re-Patination and Waxing

You may have recently seen Scottish Angus Cow and Calf—the larger-than-life bronze sculptures by artist Dan Ostermiller—getting their annual summer bath. Above and beyond their cleaning with a specialized mild detergent, the Cow and Calf sculptures needed other treatments, including re-patination and waxing, due to the constant physical interaction they receive from the public. More

Artists Create Collective Vision of Denver

Artists Create Collective Vision of Denver

Community-Driven Mural on Display through Sept. 13

This summer, the Denver Art Museum and the Biennial of the Americas collaborated with Francisco Alvarado-Juárez and five Denver artists on a community-driven art project inspired by Juárez’s work Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua (on view on level two of the Hamilton Building). Each artist worked with their community to create a vision of the urban environment, both natural and cultural. Together, they present a collective view of Denver now. More

You & Your Camera are Welcome at the DAM

You & Your Camera are Welcome at the DAM

Go ahead. Snap away! Share your favorite object on Facebook, document one of the stunning vistas of the Front Range from the North Building, or use your phone’s camera to zoom in on the detail of a painting. More

In Bloom Gallery Game

Make Like a Bee & Buzz through In Bloom with Interactive Gallery Game

If you're visiting the museum with kids and looking for fun, interactive ways to engage with art, be sure to check out In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism.

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Flowers in Beer? Check Out DAM’s BLOOM BRU!

Flowers in Beer? Check Out DAM’s BLOOM BRU!

Beer Chef Ian Clark explores the history of flowers in beer and invites guests to sample DAM's BLOOM BRU. More

Appreciating the Still Life: Quotes from the Critics

Appreciating the Still Life: Quotes from the Critics

In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism (on view July 19-October 11) is a celebration of still-life painting, particularly the floral still life. In another blog we listed some quotes on the subject from the artists themselves. Here, we discuss what contemporary critics thought of the still life. More

Appreciating the Still Life: Quotes from In Bloom Artists

Appreciating the Still Life: Quotes from In Bloom Artists

In Bloom, Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism (on view at the Denver Art Museum July 19-October 11) celebrates the floral still life. During the 1800s, the still life genre was gaining the approval of contemporary critics and the public. More

Castiglione-Inspired Programs & Activities

Castiglione-Inspired Programs & Activities

Enhance your visit with Castiglione-inspired artmaking, learning opportunities, and other creative activities! More

Stroll through an Impressionist Garden at In Bloom's Scent Experience

Stroll through an Impressionist Garden at In Bloom's Scent Experience

Ever wondered what it was like to walk through Claude Monet's garden? Visitors to In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism can get one step closer to the impressionist master's own backyard through The Impressionist Garden: Scent Experience. More

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

Turkish Artist Explores Remarkable Passion for Flowers in The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read, on view this summer on level two of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building, portrays the titular Ms. Read as well as her hundreds of Hippeastrum plants. Turkish filmmaker and artist Kutluğ Ataman filmed Read, a middle-aged, middle-class Englishwoman, in her South Harrow flat over the course of a year. More

Denver Instagrammers Get Sneak Peek of In Bloom

Denver Instagrammers Get Sneak Peek of In Bloom

Some of the top Instagrammers in Denver attended a preview of the DAM exhibition In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism. More

Free For Kids, sponsored by Scott Reiman & Kaiser Permanente

More Children Enjoy the DAM Thanks to the Free for Kids Program

Since the announcement in March of the Free for Kids Program, we have seen so many kids enjoying the Denver Art Museum’s exhibitions and programming...for free! Parents and teachers are thrilled. Check out one response we received:

Learning that the museum is free to kids helps encourage our families to visit-what a marvelous opportunity. This was a very enjoyable experience and I look forward to bringing groups back. More

The Denver Art Museum is a Proud Member of the Smithsonian Affiliations Network

The Denver Art Museum is a Proud Member of the Smithsonian Affiliations Network

Denver is a fast-growing, increasingly diverse city noted for its commitment to cultivating a creative economy and citizenry. As the premier fine art museum for the region, the Denver Art Museum has an important role to play in keeping this commitment. As part of this role, we are pleased to be part of the Smithsonian Affiliations network.

Bringing the Smithsonian to You More

Simon Saint-Jean, The Gardener (La Jardinière)

Explore the Language of Flowers at the DAM

This summer, the Denver Art Museum is showcasing flower-inspired art in "arrangements" around the museum and in In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism. Flowers have served as symbols for centuries, but during the 1800s (the time of the impressionists) “floriography,” or the language of flowers, really became popular. More

How In Bloom Artists Were Inspired by the Bouquet

How In Bloom Artists Were Inspired by the Bouquet

As an educator on the In Bloom exhibition team at the Denver Art Museum, I often returned to a simple question as we developed the exhibition: Why flowers? The reasons that artists of the 1800s gravitated toward the subject weren’t immediately clear as we looked over the initial checklist of works that were slated to be in the show. More

Spotlight on Our Corporate Sponsor: Your Hometown Toyota Stores & Free First Saturday

Spotlight on Our Corporate Sponsor: Your Hometown Toyota Stores & Free First Saturday

For more than a century, the successes of the Denver Art Museum have been inextricably linked to the generosity of the museum’s supporters. In that spirt, the DAM is pleased to announce a new partnership with the 6 Hometown Toyota Stores that make up the Denver Toyota Dealers Association. Starting this month, the new relationship includes major underwriting support for the DAM’s popular Free First Saturdays. More

Stefania Van Dyke recreating Christina's World painting

Exploring Andrew & Jamie Wyeth's World (Photos)

The notion of place is important to many artists—Monet tirelessly painted his garden. O’Keeffe played out her love of New Mexico in paint. But it has never been made so powerfully concrete to me as when I traveled with Denver Art Museum colleagues to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and mid-coast Maine in preparation for the upcoming exhibition Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio. More