3.05.2013

DAM, that museum is awesome!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to Colorado for the first time. One of my favorite stops was to the Denver Art Museum (DAM), and since we happened to be there the first weekend of the month, there was free admission. There were two exhibits in particular that I wanted to share with this vintage loving crowd. 

The first awesome display was called What is Modern?


What Is Modern? features imaginative furniture, industrial, and graphic designs that span more than 200 years, from the early 1800s to the present day. The objects—representing a trajectory of innovative thinking and a variety of methods, materials, and concepts—explore the ways in which design has expressed the modern experience.
“In its simplest form, the term modern implies the up-to-date, a current development, or, better still, a spirit in step with its own time,” explains curator Darrin Alfred. “This concept could be applied to a 200-year-old innovation still in use today, such as the steaming of wood, bending it, and letting it harden into curved shapes or patterns. It could also apply to works by today’s emerging designers.”
What Is Modern? is on view through March 24, 2013. --Denver Art Museum

Here are some of the pictures I was able to capture. 







This exhibit gave me happy heart palpitations, I was so in love! The other exhibit that was full of retro goodness was the Olivetti: Innovation & Identity

Olivetti: Innovation and Identity showcases the Italian company's groundbreaking approach to product design and promotion. After World War II, Olivetti's quality office machines and distinctive advertising graphics helped establish Italy’s reputation as the cradle of modern design. The company's graphic designers, architects, artists, writers, and advertising experts took an active part in the design of not only the company’s products and advertisements, but also the visual appearance of its showrooms and corporate architecture. “Design is a question of substance, not just form,” said Adriano Olivetti, who pioneered the company’s unique approach. “It’s a tool a company uses through its products, graphics, and architecture to convey an image that is not just simply appearance but a tangible reflection of a way of being and operating.”
Olivetti: Innovation and Identity is on view through March 24, 2013. --Denver Art Museum

I didn't snap pictures at this exhibit because everything was behind glass, but never fear...I found pics!





And just as a bonus, the other exhibit I absolutely loved was Fox Games. Here's a video walk through...




"Fox Games" is by artist Sandy Skoglund. She created another work that I have loved since I was a teen (actually had a t-shirt with the piece printed on it in high school), called "Revenge of the Goldfish" (1981). It has since been used as album cover art and CD title by the Inspiral Carpets.  



1 comment:

  1. My favorite teacher turned me onto Sandy Skoglund years ago, her work is amazing! I'm glad you had a good time in Colorado! Next time we'll have to do lunch or something fun!

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