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Designs on Denver

Magazine article Sunset

Designs on Denver

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Three shows at the art museum prove the power of good design

admit to a fondness for industrial design. Though I may not "get" what makes the Mona Lisa so great, I do appreciate the sculptural properties of a chair. Maybe that's why the Department of Architecture, Design & Graphics at the Denver Art Museum always seems so satisfying.

The department is guided by former Metropolitan Museum of Art curator R. Craig Miller. "Our goal," Miller says, "is one day to be the foremost design and architecture department in the country-then in the world."

We'll see. For now, the three exhibits at the Denver Art Museum offer something not found in any other museum: the marriage of decorative design, industrial design, and craft. They begin with a small display of enameled metalwork by Sausalito, California, craftsperson June Morris Schwarcz. Her exhibit features just 15 one-of-a-kind enameled-metal vessels in emphatic shades from green to purple. …

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