Saturday, September 10, 2011

Denver Art Museum and Downtown Denver!

The one thing I was determined to do on my trip to Colorado, was to visit the Denver Art Museum and their very cool new Hamilton Building (2006) designed by Daniel Libeskind.

The architect said, "I was inspired by the light and geology of the Rockies, but most of all by the wide-open faces of the people of Denver."

Well, I thought the building was pretty fabulous but I supposed it is telling (what a geek I am, that is) that from certain angles, it looked to me like an Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars. See? Such a geek.

Lao-Tzu 1991-94
Mark di Suvero
industrial I-beams and cut sheet metal
(It's 30 feet high, weighs sixteen tons ... and it's my favorite color!)

There is a great exhibition going on called Marvelous Mud: Clay Around the World on view through September 18, 2011.
includes 8 exhibitions, including blue and white porcelain, works from the Amazon,
colonial Mexico and contemporary pieces from their permanent collection.

My favorite exhibition under the "clay" umbrella was Overthrown: Clay Without Limits. Here are just a few of the pieces. (below)

detail Apoptosis 2010-11
Martha Russo and Katie Caron
Porcelain, paper clay, glaze materials, pigments,
paints, vintage tools, hardware, silicone, LED lights etc.

The glowing orbs looked so amazing in person!

You Are The Palace,
You Are The Forest 2011
Jeanne Quinn
Porcelain, glaze lustre, wire,
electrical hardware, and paint

I loved this piece. It was my favorite.
It was very large - large enough to walk into - but still very delicate ...
The white porcelain looked so organic and the threads looked like spun silk.
The light was amazing. Just beautiful!

Collecting the edges 2011
Clare Twomey
red clay dust

The clay in its finest form of a
delicate powder commands
a language of gentle poetry, romance,
depth, and natural wonder.

~ Clare Twomey

You can walk on this piece that is made of clay!
It's quite disconcerting actually.
It wobbles slightly and you think it will break!
Yes, those are Tess and my feet!

Mast Year 2011
Mia Mulvey
Stoneware, porcelain, cable ties, and pins

In my work I am inspired by science and in it
our ability to discover wonder.

~Artist Mia Mulvey

Detail Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase 1670s
Maria van Oosterwyck
from the permanent collection (obviously not clay!)

After our wonderful museum visit, we headed to the main restaurant area downtown for some al fresco dining of salad, mussels and a cocktail. It was a beautiful evening!

It was so amazing getting to spend time with Tess in person (we have very long phone conversations!) after so many years. It was as if not a day had passed! I don't think we stopped talking for three days straight! It was wonderful and as I said before, such a gift!

Tess and I riding back to our hotel on a bicycle rickshaw...

Love you Tess!!!

She was
the same inside as I am,
from the same kind,
I sensed this instantly ...

~Anna Swir


Merisi said...

The city itself seems to bath in gorgeous light.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

We left Denver before that museum was built....but a gorgeous steed it is!!

Punctuation Mark said...

i love those branches with lights... so cool!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would love to be traveling to Denver for the Fall! It's such a beautiful city! Wonderful photos! ♥

Don said...

Hey now- this looks like fun.

Pretty toes too!

Karena said...

Fabulous, I love these exhibits, nothing better than perusing a great museum!


Art by Karena

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Cobalt Violet said...

Thanks for the comments ladies and Don!
.. and thanks for noticing the pedicures Don! ;)

Ruthie Redden said...

I love the tree piece by Mia Mulvey, I hadn't heard of her before. x

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