Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective
successfully opened at the Denver Art Museum on March 25. However, behind-the-scenes installation activities for this exciting exhibition began weeks before. An installation team consisting of Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent personnel with contracted specialists arrived from Paris on March 7th
to begin installation on March 8th
. The DAM provided its own installation team including registrars, collection managers, installation specialists, preparators, and conservators.
Families took full advantage of the many programs offered at Denver Art Museum for Best Spring Break Ever: Design Days on March 24-April 1.
Photos from our spring break programs such as the YSL Paper Doll Challenge: Interactive Family Tour are on view on the DAM's flickr page.
Join in more artmaking fun in the galleries on your next visit when you make an Egyptian inspired flower collar at our Flower Collar Hotspot or create your own tapa cloth at the Play with Pattern Hotspot.
Thanks to all the museum visitors who made Best Spring Break Ever so exciting this year.
The Denver Art Museum has teamed up with Google Art Project and 150 other museums around the globe to share some of our favorite works with you.
"The Art Project is part of our efforts to bringing culture online and making it accessible the widest possible audience," said Amit Sood, head of Google Art Project, in an April 3 blog posting.
First launched in 2011, the Google Art Project featured virtual gallery tours and high resolution images from 17 museums.
The next time you board an airplane, take a minute to consider some of the interesting things that may be flying along with you as cargo. Down in the belly of the plane with your suitcase and skis are all sorts of other packages. From mail to pets to computer parts, cargo comes in all shapes and sizes. Among all those crazy packages occasionally lurks artwork traveling from one museum to another.
We have members of our staff who are specially trained to build crates to protect such artwork from all the perils of air travel.
Here are some of our favorite items currently on the shelves in the Museum Shop.
Created by Austrian artist, Klaus Bösch, sand pictures feel like a million years of geological time condensed between two panes of glass. People stand in the gift shop for embarrassing amounts of time watching them flow. Just sand, air, and water—but the trick is they’re interactive. You flip them over and air rises from the bottom to catch the sand before it falls. Every flip creates a unique topography, somewhere between land and seascape.
When you think of the Denver Art Museum, ticketing probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. For some of us, however, it’s our bread and butter. So for people like me, who deal with ticketing issues day in and day out, when someone calls you and tells you that the millionth transaction is about to happen you get a little excited.
With the one millionth transaction in mind, I decided to go to the person at the source to find out more about ticketing at the DAM.
One of the “cool” parts of my job is the occasional interaction with a living artist. A few weeks ago Ed Ruscha, one of the top living American artists, visited the museum. He was in town for the opening of his exhibition Ed Ruscha: On the Road
, on view at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) through April 8.
A producer I work with at Colorado Public Radio (CPR) was interested in interviewing Ruscha and exploring his strong connection to Denver. I discovered that Ruscha, and his subject matter in On the Road
, both have a deep history with Denver.
The fashion frenzy continues at the museum March 30 during Untitled #45 (Haute). We partnered with Fallene Wells and her production company Forever Darling to host a runway show with eight designers from the TV hit Project Runway
. Each designer created a collection inspired by the legendary fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent and the museum’s recently opened exhibition that celebrates his entire creative output, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective
. What’s really cool for Colorado is two of the designers call this state home.
Over the last few months a few of us education and tech nerds have been sitting around in meetings doing what we do best...making semi-funny jokes for our own amusement. Just kidding. But seriously, we have been sitting in meetings; doing what we do second best and that is developing new experiences for you guys to have while you are visiting.
The Denver Art Museum is the only world-wide destination for Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting
, on view through January 29. One of the first Chinese artists to study in Europe, Xu advocated for the integration of Western techniques with traditional styles in order to modernize Chinese painting. You can view a wide selection of his artwork from early landscape paintings and drawings, created during his studies in Europe, to portraits of political leaders including Mao Zedong and Mahatma Gandhi and his iconic horse paintings.
Artist Yunn Pann answered some questions about her process ahead of her Demo & Do visits at the Denver Art Museum in December 2010 and January 2011. Read on to find out what Yunn has to say about inspiration, teaching, and her craft.
Denver Art Museum:
What is it about the materials/process you use when creating your large-format calligraphy images that intrigues you?
I started practicing Chinese calligraphy when I was little with my dad holding my hands.