Behind the Scenes at the DAM

In Case You Missed It: Roundup of Our Notes & Photos from Passport to Paris

Over the course of Passport to Paris' run at the DAM, the exhibition has sparked some exciting revelations. We've captured them here so you and we can relive some of the Parisian magic.

We have gone behind the scenes and looked at how the Court to Cafe gallery got its look, seen the changes in the galleries between exhibitions, learned about the creation of the charming Passport to Paris Shop, and examined the conservation process of an eighteenth-century French sedan chair.  The Museum Associates, patrons, and other sponsors attended Passport's splendid opening gala, and over winter break, we turned Ponti Hall into a lavish French court at the Baroque Family Ball.

We have luxuriated in the sensations of the exhibition, taking a look at the sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste that comprise it. We have also looked at ways in which the exhibit influenced the community.  For instance, Passport has inspired menus at Palettes, a Kevin Taylor restaurant located in the North Building and Le Central, a French restaurant on 8th Avenue, and it has inspired the brewing of a beer by Dillon Dam Brewery that is described as "a ray of sunshine in a glass."

We examined how Court to Cafe's playlist, which was curated by the Colorado Symphony, and featured Lumière brothers’ films helped make the exhibition a truly immersive experience. We compared the cities of Denver and Paris in the 1870s, learned about the flowers that were so influential to Claude Monet with our facts about water lilies, and took a close look at Paul Gauguin's delightful illustrated menus he made for a banquet he held around 1900. We discovered the people behind the art in our series of artists profiles, featuring the likes of Renoir and Degas.  A compilation of quotes from artists and others who inspired Passport to Paris creates a personal connection with the exhibition that, in the words of Camile Pissarro, has been "splendid, but oh so fleeting!"

Passport to Paris closes February 9 and is sold out. One of the shows in its trio of exhibitions—Nature as Muse, which features the DAM's recent landmark gift of Impressionist masterworks—will reopen on February 12 and remain on view through March 23, 2014. Entry to the exhibition will be included in general admission.

Image Credit: Claude Monet, The Beach at Trouville, 1870. Oil paint on canvas. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund.

Katherine McAtee was a public relations intern in the communications department at the Denver Art Museum. Katherine has been at the DAM since 2014, and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective.