Monday, January 27, 2014

UPDATE: Art museums in Denver and Seattle bet on Super Bowl

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

SAM has been asked by the Nuxalk Nation to withdraw it's "Forehead Mask" in the bet, which the museum has honored. Instead, it will wager "Sound of Waves" by Tsuji Kako from it's Asian Art collection. The 1901 six-panel screen stretches 12 feet in length and is 5 feet tall.

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  • Seattle Art Museum

——- ORIGINAL POST: MONDAY, 2:13 P.M. ——-

The arts institutions in Denver and Seattle are making Sunday's Super Bowl a little more interesting for themselves. The stakes are two pieces of artwork for a temporary loan.

Here's the bet: Should the Denver Broncos win, the DAM will get to display SAM's "Forehead Mask — Nuxalk First Nation." If the Seattle Seahawks win (ugh, gross), SAM will get to display the DAM's "Bronco Buster" bronze by Frederic Remington. And the losing city will have to pony up the costs for shipping and expenses related to a three-month loan.

From the DAM's press release:

“I’m confident that we will be enjoying Remington’s The Broncho Buster at SAM. We are already making plans to host it here in Seattle so that the 12th Man can see it,” said [SAM's director and CEO Kimerly Rorschach].

“We know the Broncos won’t be busted on Super Bowl Sunday,” [DAM director Christoph Heinrich] said. “I am looking forward to giving the losing team’s mascot a special place of honor in Bronco Nation.”

Dates for the display of the winning piece have not yet been finalized.
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  • Seattle Art Museum
This Nuxalk mask shows the elegant elongation of the bird beak, a sensitive and human-like rendering of the eye/socket/brow area, with painted embellishments on the surface in black, red and blue. The open mouth suggests the ferocity of this bird of prey, possible a supernatural “man-eater.” Shredded red cedar bark symbolizes the mythical arena in which the dance-dramas would be enacted.
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  • Denver Art Museum
In 1895, Frederic Remington first endeavored to sculpt and the resulting work is one of the most enduring visual images of the American West. The bronze horse symbolizes the spirit and tenacity of the Wild West. Popular from the time of its creation, The Broncho [sic] Buster stands today as an icon of the region and is thought of as the first action bronze of a western hero.
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