Current Loans

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America
Milwaukee Art Museum
September 28, 2018–January 6, 2019

Denver Art Museum
May 5, 2019–August 25, 2019

Kirkland Museum is loaning 2 works to the traveling exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, which explores the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. The exhibition presents play as a serious form of inspiration, experimentation, and problem solving. In midcentury America, such playful design occurred against the backdrop of a booming consumer market and as a counterbalance to Cold War–era anxiety. Furniture, toys, textiles, films, posters, ceramics are among the objects featured.

Kirkland Museum as a Lending Institution

Hugh Grant, Kirkland Museum's Founding Director & Curator, began curating exhibitions for Vance Kirkland (1904-1981) in 1976. Since that time, he and the museum have loaned to the institutions below.

Many of these organizations have borrowed several times from Kirkland Museum. This is one of three ways Kirkland Museum gains exposure of Colorado art and international decorative art, along with getting it published and exhibited—keeping Colorado and regional artists, in addition to decorative art, displayed at Kirkland Museum.

Colorado (56 institutions in 18 cities and towns):

National (32 institutions in 20 states):

International (17 institutions in 11 foreign countries, not including United States listed above):