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Landscape Photography Today
On View through September 16, 2018

The exhibition of more than 100 contemporary landscape photographs will gauge how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time.

Like a Hammer
On View through August 12, 2018

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer —the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work—will chronicle a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 57 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video.

Animals in Art
On View through May 19, 2019

See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art . This cross-departmental exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures.

Xiaoze Xie
Closing soon, on view until end of today

The first in a multi-year contemporary art exhibition series, Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie features still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations that the artist based on banned and forbidden books in China.

Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard
On View through August 5, 2018

This exhibition presents the award-winning editorial work by artist Jim Howard. More than 100 works on paper showcase Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, and through the ‘70s and ‘80s.

On View through September 3, 2018

Take part in this interactive art installation of paired rocking chairs that move in tandem to create music.

On View through September 9, 2018

This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space.

The Playful Protector
On View through January 13, 2019

Ganesha: The Playful Protector is developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, which is loaning a statue of Ganesha created in the 600s to 700s that is the centerpiece of the exhibition.

March 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

An interesting approach to identifying a critical element of the creative process. Another dimension lies in Michael Michalko’s book, CREATIVE THINKERING (2011). Michalko defines “thinkering” as “a combination of the words “tinker” and “thinking.” Enfolding the two words into one word–“thinkering”–symbolizes how both the creative personality and the creative-thinking process–like form and content in nature–are inextricably connected.” The problem for most, I suspect, is the confidence to move from the tinkering stage to the creative action stage. That requires sincere encouragement to experiment and follow the path that opens up. Sadly, our education system does not value that kind of activity.

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You make a great point Jim—that the tricky part is moving from tinkering to what you call the “creative action stage.” I’m wondering, would you call that move to action “agency?” Given the research interests of the Agency by Design project, we’re interested in understanding what drives the tinkerer to take action beyond tinkering. But we’re also curious to know if there is agency within tinkering itself. What do you think?

March 27, 2013 at 1:23 am

At the risk of squatting on this thread…

I don’t get the distinction between tinkering and a “creative action stage.” (I’m a fan of Michalko’s “Thinkertoys” and will look to pick up this new one.) Some projects or explorations should remain sketches or rough, tinkery experiments. If you learn that the subject is not sufficiently interesting or another appeals more why ride the first into the ground? Just to show you can stick to it?

I’m ready to hear the elaboration of the “creative action stage.”

March 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I knew there was something I forgot. That unskilled idea is close but here is the beef: tinkers have media they understand and prefer. My child will first try paper and masking tape or stickers as the amendment of choice. Some have subtraction or replacement as their instinctive first experiments. I have a wood shop so my tinkering tends to employ wood. Early in life I was given free reign over the supply of clothes pins and string. So years later they regularly appear in prototypes and as clamps for gluing etc (clothespins, don’t get me started – they are awesome)… For a while Epoxy was my go to goo… All of which are examples of how tinkering is the intersection of a problem or otherwise interesting object and a tinker’s existing set of material experience and available tools/processes. Out that intersection grows more experience and a changed item and a changed tinker.

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While most of us can say we lack a fondness for Chicago’s intersections, that isn’t the case for Seattle-based artist Peter Gorman.

When Gorman took a year-long, 11,000-mile bike ride around the United States in 2014 he was inspired by the different, and sometimes frustrating, intersections he encountered on his trip. While making a map of the weird intersections in Seattle, he realized they each had a unique look.

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Gorman began his BarelyMaps Etsy shop on a whim and ended up getting a lot of great feedback. The designs he’s now created for Chicago make some of the grueling streets into personable characters—some look like bursts of popcorn, maybe snowflakes or crystalline forms. There are a couple that even look like they’re ready to break dance.

“Chicago was one of the most memorable grids I bike through on my trip. I still remember biking these long straight lines to get from Oak Park to downtown. Even with a grid system, there are still these diagonals that make jumbled up intersections,” said Gorman.

To create the map he started researching the city’s most notorious intersections—one being Wicker Park’s Milwaukee, Damen and North intersection. He did find it interesting that Chicago has worked to redesign some of the traffic-clogged points, noting that no other city he’s drawn a map for has done that.

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