Member Newsletter: Fall 2022

In this Issue

Over 50 New Works Now on View!

Prairie Monuments, 1954, by Vance Kirkland (1904-1981; American), oil on linen, 36 x 48 in.

Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant continues to enhance and refine Kirkland Museum’s collection through new acquisitions and showcasing pieces not previously on view or not viewed for years. We cannot wait to show you these new works.

Kirkland Stories: Davis Partnership Architects

Davis Partnership Architects share our passion for enhancing lives through the beauty of art and design presented in unique and approachable ways. You’ve no doubt seen some of their inspiring work in our neighborhood, including The ART, A Hotel, and the Museum Residences.

Based in Denver, Davis Partnership Architects provides comprehensive project planning and design services to institutional, corporate, governmental and private clients.

Davis Partnership Architects has made compelling Museum experiences possible through their generous underwriting including Kirkland Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright lecture featuring Stuart Graff, President & CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West in Arizona.

“It was an easy partnership with Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art as their Frank Lloyd Wright collection and lectures have aligned with our passions,” says Julie M. Meenan Eck, Associate Principal, Landscape Architect.

Thank you, Davis Partnership, for your support!

On View: Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls

Our year celebrating the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright continues with Frank Lloyd Wright Inside The Walls. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how each object reflects Wright’s unified vision – the total work of art – by exhibiting Wright-designed furniture and tableware with historic photographs of their original settings. Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls features decorative art objects from Kirkland Museum’s permanent collection designed by Wright (1867–1959) for 11 architectural projects spanning his long career.

What’s In Store? Jae Mancarella Jewelry

Bring local crafted art and design home with a visit to the Museum Store.

Arvada-based jeweler Jae Mancarella creates pieces with contrasting materials, textures and finishes. All objects are uniquely handcrafted, primarily in sterling silver and solid gold. Mancarella focuses on ethical and sustainable practices through buying ethically mined stones and recycled precious metals to reduce environmental impact. Don’t forget, members receive 10% off Museum Store purchases!

Education & Events: Explore the Genius of Wright

Tickets NOW ON SALE!
Join us live or virtually for upcoming educational events celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright. Members receive discounts to all lectures and events.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 6 to 8pm
Exhibiting Wright: A Panel Discussion with Kirkland Museum’s Curatorial Team

Hear behind-the-scenes insights into building an exhibition from Kirkland Museum staff, who will share how they created Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls. From choosing the theme to finding historic photographs, researching objects and designing each vignette, you’ll hear stories from Deputy Curator Christopher Herron, Curatorial Associate Becca Goodrum and Director of Interpretation Maya Wright.

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 6 to 8pm
Iridescent Light: Lampshades by Frank Lloyd Wright

Julie Sloan, a New York-based expert on Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained and architectural glass and published author, will lecture on glass pieces featured in Kirkland Museum’s exhibition. Sloan will discuss Kirkland Museum’s newly acquired lamp made from two pieces of art glass designed by Wright. 

Past Lectures Available for Purchase

Jack Quinan, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus from the University of Buffalo (SUNY) and Curator Emeritus at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, shares “A Window Into Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie House Vision,” in this recent lecture.

Explore the unity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs in the lecture, “A Total Work of Art: The Expression of Unity in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs” with Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West in Arizona.

Call 303.832.8576 x201 to purchase or for more info on recordings.

Save the Date: Members-Only Shopping Event

Monday, November 14, 2022, 10am to 3pm
Enjoy the very best selection of extraordinary items sure to delight the art and design lover on your gift list. Watch your email for more details.

Curate Your Experience with a Guided Tour!

Gather your friends, family or colleagues for a Private Guided Tour to learn about Kirkland Museum’s three collections. If you like having dialogue with a knowledgeable guide and exploring the Museum with a group, this is for you!

We encourage a visit at the Museum for at least 90 minutes. Private Guided Tours typically run about an hour with time afterward for exploring and shopping. We welcome groups of 10 or more during public Museum hours (Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 5pm, Sunday 12 to 5pm).

Due to the intimate size of the galleries, groups with more than 15 people may be in multiple groups.

Tour availability is limited, so advanced planning is appreciated. 

Over 50 New Works Now on View!

Full Story

Prairie Monuments, 1954, by Vance Kirkland (1904-1981; American), oil on linen, 36 x 48 in.

Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant continues to enhance and refine Kirkland Museum’s collection through new acquisitions and showcasing pieces not previously on view or not viewed for years. We cannot wait to show you these new works. Click here for the full list ahead of your next visit. 

We’re sharing a few of our favorites with you first:

Vase in Wrought Iron Mount, designed c. 1925 by Charles Schneider (1881–1952, French) for the Verrerie Schneider (Schneider Glassworks). Schneider brothers Ernest and Charles worked for the legendary glass company Daum in the early 1900s. They left in 1912 to form their own art glass company where Ernest was the businessman and Charles the designer. This is a new acquisition for the Museum.

Prairie Monuments, 1954 by Vance Kirkland (1904–1981, American). This is Kirkland’s last surrealist painting. In a conversation with Hugh Grant about this piece, Vance stated, “Knowing this would be my last Surrealism painting, I stylized some of my favorite leaf forms, made them monumental—as they deserved to be—and placed them on the Colorado prairie where they could dance away for all eternity.” This painting is on view for the first time in over 10 years!

Untitled, 1925–1927 by Paschal Quackenbush (1908–1974, American). Quackenbush attended North High School in Denver and Chappell School of Art. He later studied with Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League of New York. He often collaborated with fellow Denver Artist’s Guild Founding Member Allen Tupper True, working together on murals at the Central City Opera House and nearby Teller House. This is a new acquisition for the Museum and the first Quackenbush piece in the collection.

Thank You to all our 2022 Frank Lloyd Wright Sponsors

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In-Kind Support Provided By:

Stuart Graff Lecture Sponsored By:

Julie Sloan Lecture Sponsored In Part By:

Additional and future sponsorship opportunities are available. Email [email protected] to start the conversation.

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