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    • Las Almas de los muertos installation
      Blog: en español

      ¡CELEBRARTE EN NOVIEMBRE!

      Celebra tu creatividad y cultura cada primer sábado del mes con actividades bilingües para toda la familia. Visítanos el 5 de noviembre y participa en las siguientes actividades. More

    • Young Dancers at the Denver Art Museum for Dia del Nino
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Join the Denver Art Museum for Día del Niño 2016

      Sunday, April 24, 2016, 10 am–5 pm

      Includes a variety of performances and free general admission to non-ticketed exhibitions at the DAM, History Colorado, Byers-Evans House Museum, and the Clyfford Still Museum. More

    • Tapestry Video 3: A Plan for Repair
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Tapestry Video 3: A Plan for Repair

      In preparation for Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry (now closed) the Denver Art Museum’s staff have been working on a Spanish Colonial table cover in PreVIEW (a behind-the-scenes visible staging area in our textile art gallery).

      Curators have examined it and explored its history, and textile art conservators have been testing and repairing the tapestry. In this video, textile conservator Allison McCloskey assesses the table cover for damage and comes up with a plan for repair. More

    • Tapestry Video 2:  Discovering Symbols & Motifs
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Tapestry Video 2: Discovering Symbols & Motifs

      In preparation for Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry, (now closed) the Denver Art Museum's staff have been working on a Spanish Colonial table cover in PreVIEW (a behind-the-scenes visible staging area in our textile art gallery). More

    • Tapestry Video 1: Clues about the Creation & Use
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Tapestry Video 1: Clues about the Creation & Use

      In preparation for Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry, (now closed) the Denver Art Museum’s staff have been working on a Spanish Colonial table cover in PreVIEW (a behind-the-scenes visible staging area in our textile art gallery). More

    • Video still taken from a series of videos documenting the conservation of a Spanish Colonial table cover at the Denver Art Museum. This image shows a textile conservator repairing the tapestry.
      Blog: Conservation

      Conserving a Spanish Colonial Table Cover (Videos)

      This series of videos tracks the progress of a Spanish Colonial table cover as the museum's staff prepares it for exhibition. Watch as curators examine it and explore its history, and textile art conservators test and repair the tapestry. More

    • Denver Art Museum Symposium Explores Portraiture in Colonial Americas
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Denver Art Museum Symposium Explores Portraiture in Colonial Americas

      Portrait paintings are fascinating windows into history. They bring to mind many questions. Who was the person being painted? What do details in the paintings—such as inscriptions, clothing, jewelry, and decorative arts—tell us about the sitter and a particular point in time? What can we learn about the artist from the painting they created? The Denver Art Museum is currently offering numerous opportunities to explore the topic of portraiture. More

    • Conservation of a King: Aesthetic Compensation & Next Steps (Part 4)
      Blog: Conservation

      Conservation of a King: Aesthetic Compensation & Next Steps (Part 4)

      Conservation treatment of King Caspar is almost finished. Having completed the structural portion of the treatment which included filling cracks, repairing broken elements, and stabilizing loose joints, I moved on to the aesthetic portion of the treatment. The goal of this part of the treatment was to unify the overall appearance by filling areas where the paint and/or gesso was lost to bring them to the same level as the surrounding surfaces. More

    • Conservation of a King: Surface Cleaning & Structural Stabilization (Part 3)
      Blog: Conservation

      Conservation of a King: Surface Cleaning & Structural Stabilization (Part 3)

      My initial examination revealed that the sculpture of King Caspar was in poor condition. Many of the wooden joints were loose; some pieces were broken and missing. The paint and barniz chinesco surfaces were actively flaking and the sculpture was very grimy. In collaboration with curator Donna Pierce, I designed a treatment plan that will restore the structural stability of the sculpture so that it can be handled, studied, and displayed safely. We also decided to pursue aesthetic compensation so that it can be effectively understood as a devotional object. More

    • Conservation of a King: Developing a Treatment Plan (Part 2)
      Blog: Conservation

      Conservation of a King: Developing a Treatment Plan (Part 2)

      One of the first steps of any conservation treatment is to closely examine the object, creating written and photographic records of its current state. Conservators do this using a variety of tools and methods. I started to examine King Caspar by looking closely under normal light. Then, I began to change the angle and intensity of light, eventually adding magnification (via a stereomicroscope). More