Opening Gala Celebrates Brilliant

Opening Gala Celebrates Brilliant

On November 14, The Museum Associates, patrons, and sponsors gathered to celebrate the opening of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, the Denver Art Museum’s world-exclusive exhibition featuring stunning jewelry, accessories, and precious objects.

Dressed in elegant black tie, nearly 650 guests enjoyed the Opening Gala, held at the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. The El Pomar Grand Atrium was transformed by thousands of red roses created by volunteers of the museum’s Flower Council, and the atmosphere was enlivened by 1920s jazz from the Ken Walker Quartet. Guests enjoyed French-inspired cuisine designed by award winning chef Kevin Taylor and sipped Cartier Champagne and specialty cocktails from Cointreau and Remy V.

After welcoming remarks from Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM; Joy Dinsdale and Shawn Ostoff of Bank of Colorado, presenting sponsor of the exhibition; Pascale Lepeu, Conservator of the Cartier Collection in Geneva; Mercedes Abramo, President & CEO of Cartier North America; and Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Pre-Columbian Art and Brilliant curator Margaret Young-Sánchez; the exhibition opened for guests to be the first to experience the stunning exhibition. See the slide show below or visit our Shutterfly page for more photos from the Opening Gala.

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Joy Dinsdale of Bank of Colorado, the presenting sponsor of the exhibition, and Director Christoph Heinrich gave opening remarks.

Nearly 650 guests attended the opening of the world-exclusive exhibition.

Cartier Pages greeted guests and offered photos in front of the exhibition's title wall.

Following remarks, the exhibition officially opened. Many guests took advantage of the exhibition's fascinating audio guide.

Museum Associate Liza Dennehy admired the beautiful diamonds.

Museum Associates Greg Silvus and Mel Miller

The exhibition’s concluding section is devoted to Cartier’s most famous clients including style icons Daisy Fellowes, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor, and Mexican film star María Félix.

DAM Trustee James Holmes and his wife Wendy

Mary Beth Polce is a major gifts officer in the development department at the Denver Art Museum. Mary Beth has been at the DAM since 2013 and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Spun: Adventures in Textiles.

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