Saturday, May 12, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent, Vance Kirkland, and Clyfford Still

Once every month or two, my mom and I have a mother / daughter day. No one else is allowed to attend and we do things that interest us. Today's outing was all about art! Denver happened to be in the mid 40's (F not C) and raining.

Our first stop was at the Clyfford Still Museum.

Denver managed to beat out NYC and LA for the privilege of hosting Still's art. His art is very abstract and interesting.  I won't get to into his importance but here are a few of his paintings that I took photographs of today.

Our next stop was the Denver Art Museum. They are currently hosting "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection", "Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective", and select works from Vance Kirkland.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

Drawn from the personal collection of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, this exhibition features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection examines the collection for its historical ties as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a language of its own. The collection that Secretary Albright cultivated is distinctive and democratic—sometimes demure and understated, sometimes outlandish and outspoken—spanning more than a century of jewelry design and including fascinating pieces from across the globe. The works on view are chosen for their symbolic value, and while some are fine antiques, many are costume jewelry. Read My Pins will be on view through June 17, 2012.





Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

A sweeping retrospective of the designer’s 40 years of creativity, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective features a stunning selection of 200 haute couture garments along with numerous photographs, drawings, and films that illustrate the development of Saint Laurent's style and the historical foundations of his work. Organized thematically, the presentation melds design and art to explore the full arc of Saint Laurent’s career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through the splendor of his evening dresses from 2002. The DAM will be the only United States venue for the exhibition.

Everything was amazing but my favorite part of this exhibit was "The Dior Years". You are not supposed to take pictures but I was so awestruck I said f' the rules!

(Left to right: 1] Short daytime outfit. 1958. Gray flannel dress and jacket with sewed cotton sprig of lily of the valley. 2] Short evening dress. 1958. Navy blue chiffon lined with white organza. 3] Short evening dress. 1958. White tulle embroidered with silver sequins. 4] Short evening dress. Strawberry pink faille with applique roses.)

The white and pink dresses were absolutely amazing.

Here are some photos of The Scandalous Collection. It was reminiscent of the 1940's though it was designed in the late 1960's - 1970's.

For the rest of our day together we walked around the DAM checking out Vance Kirkland's art and other contemporary art.

Sorry that was probably a little too long in photos.


  1. Hehe! Those little foxes are SO cute! And now I have to make that green fur jacket too, YUM. So glad you took photos!

    1. They had a video from 2002 of YSL's last runway show playing while waiting to go into the exhibit. Of course, there was the beautiful green fur coat walking down the runway... I was overjoyed when I went inside and saw it there.

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