Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Birth Day

 The Denver Art Museum
Hamilton Building
Designed by Daniel Libeskind
All Titanium panels.

Kelley (my daughter) and I had a perfect day of art. My choice was to go to both the Contemporary Museum and the Denver Art Museum.  I must say my Kell has inherited the aesthetic gene and couldn't wait to show me the new building.  She was spot on about it's amazing architecture, and design.
This new building is incredible.  My uncle Harry Weese tried to design buildings like this.  But in his day we didn't have the materials to support such design.  Inside the beauty continued with an amazing stairway and lighted numbers that randomly flashed on all the walls.
Claes Oldenberg's "Big Sweep

The stairway was it's own work of art. You can see the round numbers lighting up on the stairway wall.

Forgive me for not getting all the artist's names below.  The new addition had a King Tut show... which I still feel belongs at the Natural History Museum.  Most of the pieces I had seen many times at the Field Museum in Chicago.  But we did learn something new.  The workers were required to grow mustaches back in the Egypt day.  So one could tell them from the patrons.  Kell was wearing a cape buffalo mustache necklace I made just for her.  She got lots of compliments in the museum on it.
Egyptian workers were required to grow mustaches! So Kelley fit right in wearing her mustache necklace.
Sandy Skoglund "Fox Games" installation piece was so fun.

Above two paintings by Jonas Burgert from Berlin.

 I didn't get this sculptor's name. If you know it...tell me!
Shirin Neshat's "Women of Allah" photo
Kelley dressed up, as I did.  Donning her mustache with a giant cowboy hat. We both played dress up in the kids corner.
Lots of skull art!
Giant Bulls outside.
From DAM's website...spectacular!
 When we went to the Contemporary Art Museum, it was so contemporary...we couldn't find the door.  Finally, we walked up to a large black square and it's sensor slid the door into the wall.  We had a good laugh about that.  Sadly, the Cristo exhibit wasn't open yet.  I just walked right in to where they were curating the exhibit, as I'm a big fan.  His and Jean Claude's Arkansas River project in Colorado in the photo below.  His renderings have always drawn me in, no pun intended.
A Cristo drawing of this project.
Outside the museum was better than the inside!

When Ethan was done with school we went to a driving range.  None of the three of us will be invited on the PGA tour.  But that didn't stop us from having fun.  Ethan did his best "Happy Gilmore" and we hit our balls as far as we could.
Happy Gilmore and his Mom

Grandma and Happy Gilmore

Ernie has them well trained to put a chair by the front door so he can get a little "kitty TV."He is too wide for a windowsill. :-)
 We went out to dinner in the LODO part of Denver.  Ended up at a fancy burger joint.  Ethan is at the burger age.  When we walked by I saw someone eating grilled asparagus, and sweet potato fries.  That pretty much did it for me.  Handmade peach sorbet from "Cloud 9" down the street from Kell's for desert.  Grandma was in bed by 10:15...pooped!   Thanks Kell and Ethan for a great 55th birthday day.
Tonight we have a group coming to Kell's for dinner.  Can't wait. 
Tomorrow I will videotape Ernie fetching his toys. 

Every day is a now.  (I did!)
Thanks for reading!


  1. Well hey again! You did it right, Cupcake! And what glorious photos!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful birthday in Denver with all of us! xoxo

  2. Suz, I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday! Happy Belated...
    I love the art pics you shared. What a great day!!
    Mine and my daughter's bday is right around the corner. Will share ours when the time comes.
    big squeeze...

  3. So nice of you to take us along on your interesting outings, Suz!! Thanx!

  4. The sculptor's name you asked about is Pia Stadtbäumer. One work is titled Max, Raven and Scissors, 1999; the other is Red Woman, 1991.

    (By the way, Big Sweep is by Claes Oldenburg and his collaborator Coosje van Bruggen ... she is often, sadly, overlooked and not credited.)

    Glad you enjoyed your artistic odyssey!\

    R. Beetem, Communications Dept.
    Denver Art Museum

  5. Thank you Rose for the info on the sculptor and Oldenburg's collaborator. A very well kept secret indeed.