Director of Conservation Sarah Melching bent over large map on table, working to consolidate flaking gold paint.


Behind-the-Scenes Conversations

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the DAM? Satisfy your curiosity and get the inside scoop in a new series of dynamic conversations with museum staff and partners that will offer a glimpse into unexpected adventures, creative problem solving, and other insights into what it takes to make things tick at the museum.

In 2018, we'll explore how museum exhibitions come together, peek into a day in the life of our director, learn the ins and outs of conservation projects, discover how artists and curators collaborate, and much more.

Individual sessions are ticketed with a member discount: $5 member; $8 nonmember.

Not a member? Join today.


Denver Art Museum, lower level, Sharp Auditorium

Doors open 30 minutes before the program.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2-3 pmSpotlight on Conservation: Treating a Rare Map

(This session is now SOLD OUT)

Join us for our inaugural conversation, which will focus on a rare map of China and Asia that has undergone treatment by the DAM's conservation team.

Director of Conservation Sarah Melching will discuss the materials of the map and lead attendees through a technical analysis of its colorants. In addition, she will share aspects of the conservation treatment and display, including the challenges and logistics of working with such a large work on paper.

Wesley Brown, the owner of the map, will share his experience about acquiring the map and discuss his interest in Chinese mapping and world maps.

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 6-7 pm — A View from the Director's Office


Christoph Heinrich (Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum) in conversation with Andrea Fulton (deputy director & chief marketing officer)

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 6-7 pm — Drawn to Collaboration: Curatorial & Artistic Dialogue


Florence Müller (Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion) and Jane Burke (senior curatorial assistant) in conversation with Jim Howard, a fashion illustrator whose work is featured in the exhibition Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 6-7 pmCreativity in Action: Exhibition Development & Design


Jill Desmond (director of exhibitions, strategy & gallery design) in conversation with the team who helps to transform DAM’s ever-changing galleries from one exhibition to the next.