Wednesday, December 1, 2010

American Art

This post is a combination of the art I saw during both my first and second visits to the Denver Art Museum.

It just occurred to me, though, that I haven't explained why I went to the DAM on both my trips to Colorado. Well, the first time it was to see the King Tut Exhibit. I wanted to go see it for my birthday, so my mom treated us (me, my youngest brother Chris and herself).

The second time I went to Colorado was for my brother Nick's college graduation. He graduated Magnum Cum Laude and received a special distinction honor--one of only two students in the college to receive the award! When my dad asked Nick what he wanted to do to celebrate his accomplishment the next day, he (surprisingly) said he wanted to see the King Tut Exhibit.

I had no idea he liked that stuff, too! So, we (me, brother Nick, his wife Lauren, and Dad) went to the DAM. But as I said before, I'm an Ancient Egyptoholic, so I didn't mind in the least. Actually, it was very cool because I got to read about a lot of the items I missed before because it was too crowded.

Anway, so that's why I ended up with so many museum pics. And I love museums, so I want to share. And it's my blog, so I do what I want. So there.

Ummm....sorry about that. Moving on....

First, the paintings! I really love early American painters. I wish I could have gotten a better picture of this one, but it was hung in an odd place, in sort of a living room set-up and I couldn't get the right lighting on it for my little point-and-shoot camera.

The wagon says "Pikes Peak or Bust," and the guy is laying under the wagon, dead from an arrow. One ox is also on the ground dead. The other poor ox is trying to hold up the yoke, while a curious bison inspects the scene. It is a depressing depiction, but I suppose I love it because it says so much.

The landscapes in this part of the museum were gorgeous.

They also had an entire exhibit dedicated to Charles Deas.

There were also artifacts in the museum, representative of the different cultures that have called America home, including the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.

There were even American artists, particularly of the western persuasion, in the contemporary art wing:

Contemporary art included furniture, and when I saw this chair, I fell in love.

Over the next few days I'll share a few more museum pictures with you. I promise, though, it there will only be a couple more posts on the subject.

All of a sudden, I heard a collective sigh of relief.

I always like to keep my audience riveted,


Nicole said...

The first pic is sad! but sometimes truth hurts! And the chair is very very cool!!!

smazourek said...

That looks like a really nice museum. Plus that chair is awesome! Love the scrollwork.