Do you like art?
We like art.
We also like cool buildings and terrific outdoor sculpture. So it's like the Denver Art Museum was designed for us. The museum is made up of two buildings, connected by a walkway over the street. The newer one, a silver spiky colossus that echoes the Rocky Mountains behind it, was completed in 2006 and designed by Daniel Libeskind.
Wandering the grounds of the museum is an exercise in awesome. We saw a surreal horse standing attentively on a huge red chair, which turned out to be "The Yearling" by Donald Lipski.Big Sweep, was a collaboration with his wife Coosje van Bruggen. I love the easily seen movement and the way the piece just nestles perfectly in the comfortable corner created by the museum's angles.
The museum kindly includes instructions for appreciating and interacting with the broom and dustpan. I berated them both about politics for a while, but their lack of engagement with my chosen topic made me give up sooner than I would have liked.
No worries, the inside of the museum was wonderful as well. There were SO many pieces it's hard to really go in depth, but I will say that their collection is terrific. We admired Western landscapes and a couple of paintings by one of our favorites, Arcimboldo, but I also enjoyed their small, but carefully curated exhibition of African art as well as their textiles and furniture.
But it was in the modern art area that we spent the bulk of our time. This installation by Sandy Skoglund was endlessly fascinating. As well as eye-searingly red! The juxtaposition of the foxes with the elegant tablesettings was thought-provoking. (Here's more information about the work.)
I was also really drawn to the energy of Antony Gormley's Quantum Cloud XXXIII.
And I wasn't sure what to think about Pia Stadtbaumer's "Max, Raven, and Scissors." The mischief of a young boy?
If you find yourself in Denver, this museum should definitely be at the top of your list.
And afterwards, head over to the Colorado Convention Center to visit Lawrence Argent's "I See What You Mean", otherwise known as the GIANT fricking blue bear peering at conventioneers through the buildings' thick glass. Love. I mean, how could you not? Lookit that curious thing!
Then, after our all-too-brief exploration of the all-too-cool city of Denver, we headed back to the airport to pick up our friends Tori and Jody. Their flight from Denver to Vail had been canceled, and we all drove our bizarre rental Kia Soul two and a half hours to Edwards. What a pretty drive! That I didn't photograph!
Come back later for marrow bones, cheese, and entirely too much steak. mmmmm, vacation.