“Colorado Art Survey IX” continues Kirkland Museum's series of exhibits featuring its deep and rich collection of artists (5,311 works) who lived and worked in our state.
It will open with a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 24 …
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It will open with a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 24 (RSVP requested; write to email@example.com).
Those who have not visited previously will want to know that exhibits are arranged salon style — as though one were stepping into a 20th-century room — with paintings, furnishings and accessory pieces displayed together in vignettes. This results in fragile exhibits, so no children under age 13 are admitted.
The Kirkland is known for its outstanding collection of decorative arts (about 15,000 objects) and the curators have set up little treasure hunts in recent years — picturing an item one should look for among the hundreds of treasures on exhibit at any given time.
Because April 9 was the 150th anniversary of the birth of Scottish artist/designer Andrew Knox (1864-1933), his Arts and Crafts style pewter and enamel spoon 1900-1905 is the present target item. It was designed for the famed Liberty and Co. in London, founded in 1875 and still operating.
Knox, a watercolorist and educator, designed carpets, textiles, pottery and furniture for the store and was recognized for designs that showed Celtic patterns and Art Nouveau curves, according to the Kirkland.
The museum, built around painter, arts activist and University of Denver professor Vance Kirkland's original studio, recently announced a move to the Golden Triangle Museum District at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street, near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum. The studio portion will be moved as is, with Kirkland's tools and special leather sling that supported him as he painted. Completion is expected in 2017. Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects has been chosen to design the new museum building.
In the meantime, visit the present Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art at 1311 Pearl St., Denver, kirklandmuseum.org, 303-832-8576.
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