Fox Games by the Numbers—On View through August 16

Fox Games by the Numbers—On View through August 16

The Denver Art Museum is saying “farewell” to Fox Games, an installation by Sandy Skoglund that has been on view since 2008. The de-installation will be no easy feat—Fox Games has over 700 pieces, each of which must be carefully catalogued and stored. In addition to the 28 foxes, dozens of tables and chairs, and custom vinyl flooring, the installation includes items that must be monitored for preservation: a mink stole, a taxidermy squirrel, and real bread painted by Skoglund to match the ruby red color palette of Fox Games. Check out this fun by-the-numbers diagram of some of what goes into this popular installation.

With its playful imagery and bright colors, the installation has been popular with children and adults alike. It also inspired the characters of Foxy and Shmoxy, created by the Buntport Theater Company and Lindsay Genshaft, manager of community and family programming, as part of Fox Tale Sundays. During their 2 ½ year run, Foxy and Shmoxy joined nearly 3,000 visitors of all ages in family fun.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives

Although Fox Games is on view only through August 16, there’s no need to say goodbye to Foxy and Shmoxy just yet. The lovable foxes will be solving art mysteries each month beginning the second Sunday of September with Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives.

Fox Games Tours

To get an in-depth look at Fox Games before its closing, be sure to check out the DAM Nooner tours this Wednesday and Friday, July 29 and 31. From noon to 12:30, join a docent in discussion of the artist, gain insights into this masterful work, and say goodbye to Fox Games.

Image at top: Sandy Skoglund, Fox Games, 1989. Mixed media installation, dimensions variable, with Cibachrome photograph. Denver Art Museum collection: Purchased with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Benson, Jan and Frederick Mayer, Volunteer Endowment Fund, Ginny Williams Gallery, the Chanzit family, Suzanne Farver and George Berky, Richard and Cathey Finlon, Dr. William F. Griffith, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Hamlin, Dan and Annette Jacobs, the Kuyper Foundation, the David H. Lawrence Foundation, Andrew W. Milner, Judy and Ken Robins, Mimi and Eric Ruderman, Christy S. Sebastian, Lewis and Susan Sharp, Lewis and Sally Story, Ted and Joyce Strauss, Patterson B. Williams, the Vargas family, and an anonymous donor, 1991.36A-V. © Photo by Denver Art Museum. © Artwork by Sandy Skoglund

Erin Cousins is associate manager of creative and public engagement in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. One of her favorite exhibitions that has been on view here is Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination.

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