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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: The Dark Art at the Denver Art Museum

After our latest cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada, we made a stop in Denver before coming home. One of my husband’s cousin’s was getting married.

We both grew up in Denver. We were only there for less than 48 hours this visit, but we had one morning to ourselves. We made the most of it and went downtown to check out the Taste of Colorado.


Wayne surveying part of the festivities at Taste of Colorado


While we were down there we decided to visit a place we had frequented often in our dating years: the Denver Art Museum. Neither of us had been in it since the new section had been built. We’d been wanting to check it out, but there’s usually no time anymore when we go back. We’re always rushing from one visit to the next.

Denver Art Museum

One of the sculptures outside the DAM
This visit we made time. I’m glad we did. The DAM always has neat exhibits, but the art in their Modern & Contemporary building particularly caught my eye.
Of the exhibits I was allowed to photograph, below are the one’s I liked best. I didn’t record all of the names of the pieces though. Sadly. I shot and ran, so to speak, not thinking until we were about to leave that it would be nice to know titles or artists. Chalk it up to lessons learned of what not to do.
It’s not everyday you see heads in a teacup. I thought this was fabulous freaky fun!

This next one really intrigued me. Of them all, it was my second favorite exhibit. I could’ve studied it for hours. Lots going on. Very haunting. Very disturbing. Very dark. Just how I like my art!

Then we came across some wild skull art. I wasn’t expecting to find that, but both were as unusual as they were grim. (Well, except for the tractor one. That was sort of grimly whimsical.)
Trippy bronzed skulls wall plaque.
My, Mr. Tractor Like Thing, what a big skull you have.

Even the inside was artful. The stairway reminded me of something from a Tim Burton movie or something.

This next set of pictures is from what was by far my favorite exhibit. I did make sure to get the title of it and the artist’s name. It’s titled “Fox Games” by Sandy Skoglund.

The contrast of the red with the grey was marvelous. And the way the foxes were positioned? Some were seated at the tables in almost human-like poses (I didn’t get any pics of those, though), others were suspended in mid-pounce or flight, some were playing, others seemed to be locked in a forever moment of combat, and others just seemed to be romping about the restaurant wreaking havoc. The scene was set in such a way I almost felt like I was walking amongst some twisted Disney cartoon come to life.





The last picture I photographed before we left I literally was snapping as Wayne dragged me off to hurry up and keep our meeting with my dad. It’s so strange and surreal. Makes makes me think of ghost dinosaurs.

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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