If you’ve been following this blog for awhile (thank you!), you know that my first attempts to enjoy art here in Denver were, well, less than thrilling. I didn’t fall in love with the Denver Art Museum at first sight, and my first visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art was thwarted by the fact that they had no art. (Seriously.) Then I visited the brand new Clyfford Still Museum and all was right with the world.
This week, I gave the two major museums another chance. And I was pleasantly surprised.
On Tuesday I picked up Adeline from school and then we met our friends Cat and Izzy at the Denver Art Museum. We were there to see the YSL retrospective. Denver somehow snagged the only North American stop for this exhibition and wow, it was amazing!
I couldn’t take any photos in the exhibit itself, but just imagine this: gorgeous dresses in silk, chiffon, sheer gauze; a journey through the history of fashion and around the world; an entire room filled with wide-ranging, beautiful, cutting-edge tuxedos for women; ball gowns in every color you can imagine. Oh my dear readers, it was to die for.
And then on the way out, we discovered a little studio where we could play at being fashion designers. The girls didn’t let us do much sketching, draping or mood boarding, but they were all about dress-up. That’s right, one corner of the studio was filled with clothes. Fur coats, tutu skirts, tuxedo jackets, floor-length skirts and more hung from racks. Two giant mirrors flanked by hanging boas, ties and scarves completed the space. They even had fake mustaches, because who doesn’t love a mustache?
Of course, the most adorable thing happened when I didn’t have the camera. Addie grabbed Izzy’s hand and pulled her over to the mirror and they stood there looking at their reflections, holding hands, and laughing together. I die. And while I hate that I didn’t get a picture, I love that I watched it and lived it, instead of seeing it through the camera. Hey self, way to live a little!
Yesterday, Adeline and I met up with my friend Hannah for a visit to the MCA. Hannah is an artist and knows all about the art community here in Denver, so I felt like I was getting the VIP treatment. Plus, the museum was full of art. Score! One room was interactive and that was particularly fun.
They also have a rooftop deck where they’re doing an art installation involving pigeons. Please enjoy the cuteness.
All in all, it was a pretty fantastic two days. Art museums of Denver, I may be falling for you after all.