Since its installation in May, over 3,500 people have contributed their summer stories to the Summer is… project. Some people have shared their vacation plans: “Summer is…Lake Michigan with family”. Others have shared memories: “Summer is…when we first met”. And everyone agrees that ”Summer is.. hot.” Above all else, though, Summer is…a celebration of community. We’ve been itching to share the many ways this project has brought the community together and now we have a handy dandy means to do so: download our guide to Summer is…!

How did you choose which portrait to draw?
Sascha (right): “I chose this one because there is so much activity, especially with all of the leans.”
Theo (left): “I chose this because it’s Gandalf!”

How did you choose which portrait to draw?

Sascha (right): “I chose this one because there is so much activity, especially with all of the leans.”

Theo (left): “I chose this because it’s Gandalf!”

Was it hard to combine abstract and realistic elements into your drawing? 
This was the first time I have ever really drawn anything! I had trouble putting abstract into the drawing, so I tried to do a stained glass effect.
How did you choose which portrait to draw?

They are all so beautiful. This one is just so tender. But it the choice wasn’t an easy one.
Diane, Drop-in Drawing, August 12, 2014

Was it hard to combine abstract and realistic elements into your drawing? 

This was the first time I have ever really drawn anything! I had trouble putting abstract into the drawing, so I tried to do a stained glass effect.

How did you choose which portrait to draw?

They are all so beautiful. This one is just so tender. But it the choice wasn’t an easy one.

Diane, Drop-in Drawing, August 12, 2014

Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret of success.

Via explore-blog - wisdom to start the work week by! 

Quote from pioneering physicist Savas Dimopoulos in Particle Fever, the excellent documentary about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson – a tenacity that characterized some of the greatest achievers and innovators in history.

Pair with Pixar’s cofounder on the importance of fostering a fail-forward culture.

A Colorado summer isn’t complete without outdoor concerts and live music. This Pairing, created by Adam Lancaster, is designed to bring even more fresh music your way. Given the theme “color,” Adam chose songs to match artworks in the DAM collections. So put your headphones on, jam out and discover some new bands—links to each song are below!

About Adam: Adam Lancaster is a 20 year music industry veteran in Denver who’s most recent role as Music Supervisor at Dynamite Laser Beam where he selected music to combine with visual images in commercial, TV and film. Adam also writes and produces music as well as creating video content as a videographer. 

About Adam’s Pairing: Over the years I’ve learned that a person’s creativity is best when it’s immediate and unadulterated by internal or external influences. That being said, for this Pairing, I went with my first reaction to each artwork. Whether is was an emotion, a color or something ironic that struck me right away, that’s what I went with. 

"Maps" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Red Orange Yellow" by The Photo Atlas

"All Around the World" by Dinosaur Pileup

"What’s Love Got to Do With It" by Tina Turner

"This Blue World" by Elbow

Turner's Apothecary Mood-o-Meter

Via the Peabody Essex Museum: an art prescription to suit your mood. Take a quick quiz to find which J.M.W. Turner painting matches your state of mind. According to the Mood-o-Meter, we’re feeling like this:  

Via laughingsquid:

TravelByDrone, A Site That Catalogs Drone Videos From Around the World on an Interactive Map

This Friday’s Untitled #69 (Uncharted) has got us thinking about maps boundary-pushing. Quite coincidental: we just stumbled across this new kind of map celebrating a new kind of travel! 
See you at Untitled #69 (Uncharted)—check out the program here. 

Via laughingsquid:

TravelByDrone, A Site That Catalogs Drone Videos From Around the World on an Interactive Map

This Friday’s Untitled #69 (Uncharted) has got us thinking about maps boundary-pushing. Quite coincidental: we just stumbled across this new kind of map celebrating a new kind of travel! 

See you at Untitled #69 (Uncharted)—check out the program here

Via creativetime:

“The artist was not present for the weeklong dismantling of her giant Baby and declined to be interviewed. Concerned about the emotions she’d suffer, her staff packed her off to a house in the woods. But rather than mourn the departure of her creation, Ms. Walker ought to take heart from her contribution to the grand tradition of ephemeral art. From Michelangelo to the Buddhist monks who make — and destroy — sand mandalas, artists have always been intrigued by impermanence.”

Rather than mourn the dismantling of Kara Walker’s marvelous installation, Blake Gopnik wants us to celebrate as part of the long history of ephemeral artworks, a history that includes Michelangelo and Buddhist monks. READ MORE.

From a museum perspective: interesting to think about what’s preserved and how, when to embrace the ephemeral and when to go for posterity. You know, just your average end-of-day Tuesday thoughts.