TAG: modern and contemporary art

Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary
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Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will use available technology to alter an image of something ordinary and mundane and turn it into a dreamlike fantasy image.

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Building a Sculpture
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Building a Sculpture

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will learn what a sculpture is by looking at images of Mark di Suvero’s sculpture Lao Tzu.

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Putting It All Together
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Putting It All Together

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will observe Blue Water and identify the various shapes and forms in the painting by putting together a puzzle of the object.

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Beyond First Impressions
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Beyond First Impressions

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will learn about Lao Tzu and the artist’s inspiration for creating it. They will then capture words to describe the piece in an exercise that teaches them how to move beyond first impressions.

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Respecting Different Opinions
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Respecting Different Opinions

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will practice the important historical inquiry skill of understanding and respecting differences of opinion.

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Let’s Make a Story
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Let’s Make a Story

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

This lesson allows students to use their imaginations to identify, explore, and express their understanding of Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games. They will discuss the imagery as a class and create a group story with each student contributing one sentence about the foxes in the installation.

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Ace Reporters
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Ace Reporters

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will carefully observe and learn about either Phillip Guston's Blue Water or Terry Winters's Rhyme.

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Color Power!
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Color Power!

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 35 minute lesson

Students will discuss the impact of color in Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games. Limiting their palette to a specific color, they will gather images with which to make a collage.

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Before and After a Moment in Time
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Before and After a Moment in Time

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will learn about Marshall’s creative process when painting Better Homes, Better Gardens and discuss how it influences their perception of his work. They will also discuss the thematic content of the artwork and write a creative piece inspired by the painting.

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I Hear What You’re Saying
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I Hear What You’re Saying

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will practice sharing a personal thought or idea by listening and speaking to each other.

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Proposal for a School Sculpture
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Proposal for a School Sculpture

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 40 minute lessons

Using Mark di Suvero’s sculpture Lao Tzu as an example, students will learn about the important considerations that must be kept in mind when designing site-specific sculptures. Students will then choose a space and design a sculpture for that space.

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Shrinking into Blue Water
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Shrinking into Blue Water

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Students will use their imaginations to shrink themselves small enough to fit into Philip Guston’s painting Blue Water.

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Lorna Simpson, Easy to Remember (still image of film), 2001. 16 mm film, transferred to DVD with sound, 2 minutes, 35 seconds.
Exhibition

Lorna Simpson

Easy to Remember
Jan 17, 2016–Apr 24, 2016

Lorna Simpson transforms a catchy tune into a commentary on race through acts of erasure. Fifteen black singers, shown only as disembodied mouths, separately hum the song “It’s Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget),” originally sung by Bing Crosby. More

Martin Maloney, Over Exposed, 1999. Oil paint on canvas.
Exhibition

Audacious

Contemporary Artists Speak Out
On View through August 6, 2017

British artist Damien Hirst famously said, “Art survives through its effect on others.” As a leader in the contemporary art world, he, like his peers, considers making art a way to convey ideas about culture, human relationships, the environment, and politics. More

Robert Therrien, No title (cloud with halo), 2000. Ink and graphite on paper.
Exhibition

Robert Therrien

The Power of the Image
Feb 21, 2016–Aug 7, 2016

Robert Therrien takes familiar or mundane symbols and disconnects them from their expected contexts. These images become abstract forms floating in space, forcing viewers to re-orient their preconceived notions of symbols and their meanings. More

Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM
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Announcing 3 New Curators at the DAM

The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.

Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More