Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kirkland Museum

I promised this post awhile ago so decided that today was the prefect time to do it. A few weeks ago we went to the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Its a great collection of modern, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Arts & Crafts. Its namesake was Vance Kirkland who was Director of the Art School at the University of Denver. Aside from that he was a pretty notable artist who specialised in watercolor.

Invention in Color by Vance Kirkland

The museum was a lot more than just art work. There was furniture, housewares, vanity items, radios, etc. Even some clothes. Everything was behind glass though so it made photos a bit hard to take. The cool thing is that there were some items that we actually own. Some Franciscan, Chase barware, amoeba glasses. But there were a ton of other things that we only wished we owned.

Franciscan, which we collect.

A glass iron.

The bakelite case. Surprisingly they didnt have any jewelry but they did have these Disney napkin holders.

Campbells soup dress made of paper.

A really cool serving tray.

And another one in green

A Cleopatra chair.

Amazing bakelite radio!

And a cool Zephyr clock.

The artists studio.

Even the display cases were cool.

Here I am by the fountain.

And Oscar out by the mural on the patio.


  1. Everything looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing! There was a big Art Deco exhibition at the NGV a few years ago and I was lucky enough to go. I saw a couple of tiny, tiny prints of Cecil Beaton's and Man Ray's photos and I seriously cried a little bit. Haha. There was also the lobby entrance to...a very famous hotel. But the whole entrance was there! It was amazing.
    Here's the link to it.
    -Andi x

  2. Thanks for the link. I'll look when I have a minute. So busy!! We've gone to some modernism and Art Deco shows and I swear I want to run out of there with everything. Cases of bakelite, tons of Hey Wake, and Franciscan. Oh my!!


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