TAG: architecture

Learn More about the Eames Storage Unit
Blog: Inside the Collection

Learn More about the Eames Storage Unit

On View in Serious Play through August 25, 2019

Following the trauma of World War II, American architects and designers began to explore new ways of living and reimagined ordinary objects throughout the home in innovative ways. The Eames Storage Unit (ESU), a lightweight system of freestanding cabinets, was promoted as an inexpensive solution to the changing storage and display needs of postwar families. With the end of wartime rationing and a booming economy, Americans were acquiring more goods, and the storage and creative display of their possessions became a significant interest. More

Clock that is made in the shape of an eye
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Time to Check Out the Clocks in Serious Play

On View through August 25, 2019

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year with 14 hours and 59 minutes of daylight. Since we're thinking about time passing today, we invite you to celebrate the solstice by visiting the whimsical clocks currently on view in Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. The exhibition features 12 clocks (11 of which are shown on the wall above), each a playful design in bright colors and surprising materials.

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View of Hamilton Building from south.
Event: Programs & Lectures

Mindful Looking

Architecture of the Hamilton Building
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 1:00pm1:45pm.

Slow down and spend time with one work of art each month. In September, contemplate the museum's creatively conceived architecture. More

children playing in Tri-Tower play structure
Blog: Kids & Families

Build Your Own Backyard Play Structure-Inspired by Serious Play

Does your backyard need a DIY play structure this summer? Look no further! Download the instructions and plans for the Tri-Tower and see a full-size model of the Tri-Tower we built for Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America in the exhibition now. More

Serious Play Design in Midcentury America May 5-August 25
Blog: Behind the Scenes

New Exhibition Explores the Influence of Play on Midcentury Design

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America is the first major museum exhibition to present the concept of play, in mid-20th century American design, as a catalyst for creativity. Beginning in the late 1940s—after the trauma of World War II—American designers intentionally intertwined work and play, generating designs characterized by innovation and whimsy. More

Building outside the box
Lesson Plan

Building outside the box

Elementary (grades K-5) Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 60 minute lesson

Explore architecture with the idea that buildings don't have to be box-shaped. Students will create their own architectural designs by literally thinking outside the box.

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Exterior view of the North Building in the evening at sunset.
Exhibition

Then, Now, Next

Evolution of an Architectural Icon
February 19, 2017–February 25, 2018

Punctuating the DAM's upcoming North Building revitalization project, Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon is an exhibition on the renowned modernist building, its history, and its future. The exhibition will feature historical photos, original architectural sketches, building models, and project renderings to tell the story of the North Building’s evolution. More

A Spider’s Perspective
Lesson Plan

A Spider’s Perspective

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will first pay attention to details about the Denver Art Museum’s North Building and then imagine they are a spider, or other small creature, and write a short piece about exploring the outside of the building from this new perspective.

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Out of the Box
Lesson Plan

Out of the Box

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 45 minute lessons

Throughout the lesson students will delve into their imaginations using activities and tools designed to explore the Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum.

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A Butterfly’s Perspective
Lesson Plan

A Butterfly’s Perspective

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 20 minute lesson

Children will examine images of traditional buildings and compare them to what they see in the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. They will then imagine they are butterflies flitting about the Frederic C. Hamilton Building and describe differences they notice.

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Under the Tent
Lesson Plan

Under the Tent

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will participate in hands-on activities that give them a better understanding of and appreciation for the tent-like design of Denver International Airport as depicted in the Concept Model for Denver International Airport Passenger Terminal, Denver, Colorado.

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Architect and the Public in Public Architecture
Lesson Plan

Architect and the Public in Public Architecture

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 60 minute lessons

Students will learn how a public building reflects the ideas of the architect and compare this to how the public perceives the building. Students will look at the Frederic C.

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Sensing a Different Way
Lesson Plan

Sensing a Different Way

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 55 minute lessons

Students will start by exploring the ways in which architect Daniel Libeskind broke boundaries when designing the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. They will engage in a series of creativity exercises designed to enhance their understanding of critical thinking and problem solving.

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What Do You See When You Bend Your Knee?
Lesson Plan

What Do You See When You Bend Your Knee?

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25—30 minute lesson

Students will explore shapes and angles through body movement and hands-on manipulations within the context of the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building.

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Shaping a Poem
Lesson Plan

Shaping a Poem

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will use Concept Model for Denver International Airport Passenger Terminal, Denver, Colorado to inspire and inform their creative writing process when writing poetry connected to the piece.

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Do You See What I See?
Lesson Plan

Do You See What I See?

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will work with a partner in a fun activity that helps them see the importance of finding precise words to describe the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. They will then learn how research can expand their understanding of the Frederic C.

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Moving Beyond the “Well-Mannered Box”
Lesson Plan

Moving Beyond the “Well-Mannered Box”

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will learn about how architect Daniel Libeskind draws inspiration for his work. Then, working in a similar manner, they will create their own architectural design sketches.

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The Things People Build
Lesson Plan

The Things People Build

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Children will have time to construct their own “buildings.” They will then look at an ancient structure, followed by the Frederic C.

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Joris Laarman, Microstructures Adaptation Chair (Long Cell) Prototype, 2014. 3D printed nylon and copper.
Exhibition

Unseated

Contemporary Chairs Reimagined
May 1, 2016–November 19, 2017

These eight works reveal the vast range of materials and processes used by contemporary designers as they challenge our notions of what design can be through the enduring form of the chair. More

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