Thoughts from my visit yesterday to the Denver Art Museum.
- Why don’t I visit more often? Perhaps because I used to make a living from visiting museums.
- It was so pleasant to wander the galleries without an agenda. No exhibit I HAD to see. Just looking at what I wanted to see.
- I LOVE the addition of music in the atrium in the new Hamilton building. It was great music and that cavernous space really needed it.
- Don’t believe everything your museum docent tells you.
- The DAM has the best security staff around. They don’t just fill a space. They really know about the art and about how the museum functions. Go ahead. Ask them anything. And they’re friendly! (In my former museums of employment, I recall a lot of disgruntled guards.)
- The DAM has this fantastic (why didn’t I see it before!) video of interviews with artists in the collection. They ask five artists the same questions. I spent my time there yesterday listening to the artists respond to the question "What does it feel like to be an artist?" Karen Kitchel, Woody Gwyn, and Don Coen all used the word "hard" or "difficult." They also felt privileged. Some wanted to say it was "fun," but that just wasn’t the right word. It’s not really fun, it’s work. Woody Gwyn said it’s not a job, not even a profession. It has to be a passion. I look forward to returning to listen to them respond to the other four questions in the interview.
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