We had a terrific day in Denver. The weather was clear and the temperature pleasant, so we enjoyed taking pictures of the sculpture and the museums in the cultural center.
|Lao Tzu by Mark di Suvero, 1996|
Background: Denver Central Library, architect Michael Graves
|Denver Monoliths by Beverly Pepper, 2002|
Background: The Hamilton Building, Denver Art Museum, architect Daniel Libeskind
|Big Sweep by Claus Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, 2006|
|The Clyfford Still Museum|
Architect: Brad Cloepfil
By then it was time for lunch. We went to the Palettes Café in the North wing of the Denver Art Museum. The atmosphere there is very pleasant, with picture windows showing pedestrians in the courtyard, and nice art on the walls. We both had the salmon salad, which was delectable. Dan had a nice glass of wine; I had orange popsicle cake and espresso.
|The Hamilton Building appears to touch the North Building|
The two are actually connected by a glass bridge at the second story
Inside the building, the improbable angles—no right angles whatsoever—make the place seem exciting, make you curious about the art.
|Interior Denver Art Museum, 2012|
Denver Art Museum
Although the Denver Museum has picked up a few European works, the strength of its collection is in its Western stuff—romantic scenery, cowboys, and Indians. Here are some of Dan's favorites.
|The Hold-up by Charles M. Russell, 1899|
|Wide Lands of the Navajo by Maynard Dixon, 1945|
|Noon Break by William Dunton, 1905|
|Gateway to Cerrillos by John Sloan, 1946|
|The Bright Breakfast of Minnie by Marsden Hartley, c. 1915|
|Self-portrait with Swimming Coach Charlie Sava by Joan Brown, 1974|
|The Violin by Roy Lictenstein, 1976|
|Pretty Ladies by Eric Fischl, 1986|
|Zebra Crossing III by El Anatsui, 2007|
|Peak Project by El Anatsui, 1999|
|Clouds and Mountains by Vance Kirkland, 1943|
Jan's Photo, 2010
|Four Suns in Space by Vance Kirkland, 1971|
Jan's Photo, 2012
On the way back to the motel, we got caught up in a colossal traffic jam about a mile after we got on I-25 south. The navigator on the car showed backed-up traffic for miles. Checking the iPad mapper, I could see that there was an easy route on surface streets. After about 20 minutes of creeping along, I convinced Dan that we should get off on University Blvd. and head south, and I navigated the city streets using the iPad mapper. That way we learned something about the neighborhoods, at least.
That evening Dan did a load of wash and had a bite to eat at the hotel. I rested and handled computer tasks.