slack jawed at the denver art museum

When summer weather starts to blaze, an air-conditioned museum of any sort is an ideal refuge.

On Wednesday, I made a hasty retreat to the Denver Art Museum on 14th Avenue. DAM’s exhibits and collections left me rather slack jawed.

There are works by Edgar Degas, a master who used multiple layers of pastel and bold strokes to evoke movement and mood.

Edgar Degas pastel drawing ballet dancers Denver Art Museum
Edgar Degas pastel drawing Denver Art Museum

An untitled work by 19th century artist Eugène Isabey who summoned landscapes and ocean scenes in his early oil paintings.

Eugène Isabey untitled oil painting Denver Art Museum

North American artists are represented. There is William Merritt Chase’s Still Life with Fish.

William Merritt Chase oil painting Denver Art Museum

A 1914 painting by John Sloan–one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American Art.

John French Sloan painting Denver Art Museum

The museum’s first floor houses more contemporary works. This social sculpture by Cannupa Hanska Luger measures 14 feet tall (roughly) and consists of 4,000 clay beads (amazing). The strung beads interpret a 2016 Kali Spitzer photograph titled Sister.

Cannupa Hanska Luger social sculpture Denver Art Museum

Elsewhere you can find works by Marie Watt who hosts community sewing circles to hand-stitch larger-than-life fabric installations.

Marie Watt Denver Art Museum

Luger and Watt recently collaborated on this sculpture titled Each/Other.

Cannupa Hanska Luger Marie Watt Each/Other Denver Art Museum

General admission for non-Colorado residents is $13. Highly recommend.