Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Pan Am Stewardess Detour, Keepsake-Trading, Scavenger Hunt on Untitled #50 (Jet Set) Itinerary

This month Untitled #50 (Jet Set) celebrates architecture and the glamour of travel in the exhibition Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight. Our list of creative collaborators for this program is one impressive roster including: the state historian, former Pan Am stewardesses, a model maker, an industrial designer, participants from the Open For Design exhibition, local artists, and artists on the road.

On August 31, Untitled will host the amazing traveling art project the Trading Tortoise.  This installation, created by LA-based artists Monica Choy and Souther Salazar, is criss-crossing the country and is making a stop in Denver for Untitled! Bring a meaningful object or story to share, and trade it with Choy and Salazar for other goods they have collected along the way. To get in on the trading action, take a look at their site.

This month’s MakeARTtalk creative, Brad Benefiel, is taking cues from his background as a designer and model maker to build mini-models inspired by the DAM collection. There is also talk of a constructing a paper airplane launcher, but we don’t know all the details. You’ll just have to be there to see what happens. Stop by the community-sourced Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge exhibition and meet some of the 165 participants who will fill you in on their projects, stories and maybe even a little DIY how-to tutorial.

Untitled #50 (Jet Set) will feature intriguing tours galore, with two former Pan Am stewardesses giving detours through the Now Boarding exhibition and Bill Convery from History Colorado looking at the strange and unusual tales of the westward migration.  Michael McCoy, an industrial designer whose airport seating designed with Curt Fentress is featured in Now Boarding, will be on hand to share design details about his latest work. Amy Barrett,  one of the DAM’s preparators extraordinaire, will give a behind-the- scenes look at packaging artwork for travel, including a glimpse at how the DAM is prepping for the massive upcoming Becoming Van Gogh exhibition.

Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie will be traveling to the freight elevator pool and local band Chemistry Club will be hitting the Duncan stage. Denver Public Library’s Fresh City Life will take visitors on an art scavenger hunt around the museum—souvenir buttons and passport included. Get a sneak peek of a new exhibition opening at DIA in partnership with ebags and make your own custom luggage tag designed by local artists Mike Graves, Sandi Calistro, and Debbie Clapper.  Lace up your walking shoes. You are going to put in some miles traveling the museum to catch all these great folks!

Top image: Trading Tortoise.

Jaime Kopke is the adult and college program manager in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. She has been with the DAM since 2011 and is always scouting for community creatives to collaborate with for A&C programs. Send her an email.