Endings and beginnings

23 03 2014

IMG_1221 All beginnings end, leading to new beginnings. The job I consider the beginning of my museum career comes to an end this month. Next month I begin a new job at the University of Colorado Art Museum.

I am thankful for the opportunities for professional and personal development my job at the Denver Art Museum allowed. I will forever be in debt to the mentors that took me on – I could spend a lifetime learning from them. Most of all, I’m thankful for the one who finally pushed me out of the nest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Some days…

19 07 2013

…my job leaves me awestruck by the incredible creativity and beauty in our world.
Yesterday was one of those days.

6.18.13 cave

This summer the Denver Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of nearly all new works by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave. The exhibition, Nick Cave:Sojourn, is breathtaking in its own right but what’s more is that the Denver Art Museum has brought not one but TWO performances with Nick’s soundsuits to Denver as well.

The first performance was June 28. Nick worked with three area dance companies to create vignettes with a variety of Nick’s wearable sculptures. The second performance is tonight in collaboration with the city of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas and will occur in the middle of Civic Center Park. Tonight’s performance features 30 of Nick’s horse soundsuits, which are created primarily from natural and synthetic raffia and weigh approximately 60 pounds. It takes two people to ‘man’ these wearable sculptures, and quite a bit of strength and coordination.

I had the good fortune of witnessing the dress rehearsal yesterday under the bright blue Colorado sky with Denver’s downtown skyline in the background. These magnificent creations truly came alive; inspiring a sense of child-like awe in all of us watching. Adults and children alike watched with glee and delight as these ‘animals’ took over the park. And I for one could not have wiped the ear-to-ear grin off of my face if I tried.





Thesis vs. The-real-world

21 03 2013

It’s humbling to find that the research I was doing for my thesis three years ago was, in fact, relevant and timely. Props to my thesis committee chair Pat Kociolek for pushing me in the right direction! In this year’s Museums special section of the New York Times there are multiple articles addressing museums’ struggle to stay relevant with changing audiences. Especially art museums.

This article in particular caught my attention: “Museums look for ways to groom repeat visitors”.  So much of what I found in my research  is echoed in this article. I hope art museums listen; audiences are changing, and so are their expectations. Perhaps we in the art world should look more seriously at the success of science museums and aquariums. After all, are we really that different? I don’t think so.

And way to go Denver Art Museum for getting a shout out in the New York Times!

(^That’s the Denver Art Museum’s director, Christoph Heinrich!)





Another Art World Shenanigan (and another reason I love my job)

25 03 2012

How did you spend your Friday?

I spent 8 hours of mine making this installation happen for the black-tie opening gala for Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the DAM.

This installation, called Black Pearls, draped down three floors of the El Pomar Atrium at the DAM. It consisted of 2000 balloons tied to a central line of parachute cord. No big deal right?

Along with 10 of my museum peeps, I started work at 7:30am. And because the Museum was open from 10am-3pm on Friday we staged the massive 400 foot length of balloon-y goodness in the auditorium.

We cranked up a little reggae through the Museum auditorium’s dolby sound system and had a grand time blowing up and bouncing balloons around. The process took until 3pm, at which time the Museum closed and we could begin to snake the 400 feet of balloons up the stairs from the lower level to the main level of the atrium.

Once we had the massive snake of balloons in place in the atrium we began the process of fluffing and filling in the line (we invariably had some popping occur during transport). By 5:30pm we were free to leave to get ready for the gala, and arrived back at the Museum at 6:45pm all dolled-up and ready for an amazing night of fashion, friends, and cocktails. (And a little added excitement of a balloon occasionally popping!)

YSLgala

Cheers!





The countdown continues!

17 02 2012

Today’s post is inspired by Kakko-Dango at Genbikei Gorge, Iwate Prefecture, Japan: known for its flying dumplings! The owners of this small kitchen send a basket across the gorge on a wire, customers place money in the basket and send it back. In just a few short minutes dumplings and green tea come back down the wire, over the gorge, just as they have done for over a century!

It’s only 21 days until the black-tie opening gala for Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective exhibition at the Denver Art Museum! I’m now more worried about this event (what to wear?!) than our trip to Japan, which is in…

28 days!

I can’t wait!





The Joys of My Job

15 02 2012

When I start to feel a bit more like a travel agent/personal assistant/paper-pusher than a ‘museum professional’ my colleagues invariably step in and remind me how cool it is to work at a museum. Yesterday my good friend and colleague in the technology department stopped by to say hi. We got to talking and he mentioned how much work he’s putting in to one exhibition in particular. Today I met my friend/colleague for a behind the scenes walk-through of the exhibition he’s been putting so much work into: Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective opening March 25, 2012 at the DAM!

My job is pretty cool after all. Oh, and the director or technology told me today: this exhibition is going to be off the chain! And he’s right. Don’t miss it.

Image credit: Black velvet sheath dress, Paris Rose Satin Bow, Paris Haute Couture Collection, Fall-Winter 1983. Photo Gilles Tapie. ©Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.








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