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Monet's painting The Rock Needle Seen Through the Porte d'Aval
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A Geologist's Take on Monet

In a recent Monet Moment blog, we heard from senior interpretive specialist Stefania Van Dyke about developing the adult audio tour for Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature (October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020). Stefania mentioned how she interviewed people from outside of the Denver Art Museum as a way to gather unique perspectives on Monet’s paintings. More

One of Monet's paintings of water lilies
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Denver Botanic Gardens' Curator of Aquatic Collections Discusses Monet's Waterlilies 

Claude Monet’s paintings of his waterlily pond at Giverny are some of his most renowned works. The Denver Art Museum will have a dozen of these paintings on view in Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature (October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020). To prepare for the exhibition, I talked on site with Tamara Kilbane, curator of aquatic collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens, about their Monet Pool. More

The words Inside Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature superimposed on a detail of Monet's painting called Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge
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DAM Curators Discuss Monet's Life & Work 

In this video, Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director, and Angelica Daneo, Chief Curator, discuss Monet's travels and motifs. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature opens October 21, 2019. Tickets are now on sale. More

painting of Monet's garden and home
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Curator’s Choice: Monet-Inspired Instagram Contest

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature opens at the Denver Art Museum on October 21, 2019. This summer, in anticipation of this exhibition (the largest and most comprehensive Monet presentation in the U.S. in more than two decades) we invite you to participate in an Instagram photo contest for the chance to win a grand Monet exhibition-themed prize!

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Clock that is made in the shape of an eye
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Time to Check Out the Clocks in Serious Play

On View through August 25, 2019

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year with 14 hours and 59 minutes of daylight. Since we're thinking about time passing today, we invite you to celebrate the solstice by visiting the whimsical clocks currently on view in Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. The exhibition features 12 clocks (11 of which are shown on the wall above), each a playful design in bright colors and surprising materials.

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Analyzing the paint sample with a handheld XRF spectrometer
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Conserving an Ancient Roman Bust of Apollo

See it in The Light Show

Preparing for The Light Show exhibition gave the Denver Art Museum the opportunity to delve deep into its collection to find artwork and artifacts related to the theme of illumination. It was therefore fitting that a marble bust of Apollo, the God of Light, the Sun, Music, and Prophecy, was selected for a prominent place in this show.

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A built house of cards
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Explore Family-Friendly Interactive Features at the DAM This Summer

Summer is here and the Denver Art Museum invites the whole family to spend summer break with us to experience the newest interactive artmaking projects and games throughout the museum. From coloring in mandalas in The Light Show exhibition to interacting with different aspects of light in our new First Light Family Space, the whole family will have a chance to spark their creativity at the DAM.

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painting of waterlilies by Claude Monet
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Enjoy Free Monet-Inspired Activities June 25

Tickets for the highly anticipated exhibition Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature will go on sale to the public at 10 am on June 25! To celebrate this occasion, we are inviting visitors to participate in several free activities on the plaza outside the Denver Art Museum from 10 am-noon that day (does not include admission to the museum).

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Monet Ticket Tips
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Monet Ticket Tips

Okay, so you’re totally excited to see Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature at the Denver Art Museum (which opens in October), and you’re eager to buy tickets. Read below for answers to questions about tickets.

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colorful illustration of the words Denver Art Museum, Love, Pride, and Art that will appear in the museum's float
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The Denver Art Museum Celebrates Pride

Happy Pride Month! On June 16, the DAM is celebrating by joining with about 250 other organizations in the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade, one of the largest Pride parades in the country.

Denver PrideFest is June 15-16. This year’s PrideFest pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which launched the contemporary LGBTQ civil rights movement.

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Stefania Van Dyke with Catharine McCord and 2 audio people on a bench at the Denver Botanic Gardens
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Behind the Scenes of the Monet Exhibition Audio Tour

These Monet Moment blogs are designed to give you an inside look at the exhibition. For this blog, we wanted to take you behind the scenes of how we pull together an audio tour for an exhibition.

For Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature (opens in October) there will be two audio tours: one for families (which is being developed by Lindsay Genshaft, manager of family programs) and one for adults, which I’m working on.

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Gallery view of The Light Show
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Explore Your Inner Light with Yoga in The Light Show

This month’s Unplugged program features yoga in the galleries. (Bring a yoga mat or borrow one from the museum.) With The Light Show as inspiration, Denver yoga teacher Mona Akbari (who teaches at The River Yoga) will lead us through an all-levels experience of movement, physical postures, and breathing. More

Serious Play Design in Midcentury America May 5-August 25
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New Exhibition Explores the Influence of Play on Midcentury Design

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America is the first major museum exhibition to present the concept of play, in mid-20th century American design, as a catalyst for creativity. Beginning in the late 1940s—after the trauma of World War II—American designers intentionally intertwined work and play, generating designs characterized by innovation and whimsy. More

illustration of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear
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Learn about the Painter & Poet Edward Lear

We stopped by Drop-In Writing (led by Lighthouse Writers Workshop) last month for National Poetry Month to learn more about Edward Lear, one of the artists featured in Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection. In addition to painting and illustrating, Lear is also famous for the children's poem, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. More

visitors looking at The Toy in the Serious Play exhibition
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Plan Your Visit to Serious Play

Here are some tips and guidelines to help you plan your visit to the Denver Art Museum exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America.

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entrance of the Jordan Casteel exhibition
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Join us for a Community Conversation Inspired by the Jordan Casteel Exhibition

April 13, 2019, 3–4:30 pm

The Denver Art Museum’s Exchange program invites participants to explore artworks at the museum through the lens of contemporary issues and questions. On April 13, 3–4:30 pm, we’ll explore Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze, an exhibition whose engaging themes and imagery provoke conversation from multiple points of view.

Exchange is included with general admission, which is free for members. More

Monet Moment: Gardener & Painter
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Monet Moment: Gardener & Painter

For avid gardeners, April means we can begin planning the year’s garden, starting seeds indoors, and preparing the ground for early and late spring plantings. As we begin preparing for the growing season, let’s seek inspiration from Monet’s incredible Giverny gardens. More

a volunteer showing a visitor a feathered headdress in Stampede: Animals in Art
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The Denver Art Museum Loves Its Volunteers

The Denver Art Museum volunteers are exceptional, dynamic, and caring. Nearly 450 volunteers gave more than 39,000 hours of their time, energy, and expertise last year helping visitors maneuver through the museum, engage with art in dynamic ways and organize behind the scenes. We greatly appreciate their committed service and their knowledgeable, interesting, friendly, and fun characters. They brighten the day of staff members and museum visitors alike.

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