Lessons learned at the Denver Art Museum

Spanish artist provides journalism inspiration


By William Love

This resource was not found on Twitter or Pinterest. Rather, it was found in a untraditionally shaped building, a mile high above sea level.

I had the opportunity to visit the Denver Art Museum with 15 students and another teacher while attending the National High School Journalism Convention. The museum has some spectacular exhibits that are well worth the $13 admission if you have some time in Denver.

Some words of advice if you go: Budget for more than the hour that I had when I toured the museum.

Despite the short visit, the museum provided much more than a chance to see art. It also provided some inspiration for the journalism, photography and graphic design classes I teach.

An exhibit called “Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination” included several of the paintings and sculptures the Spanish artist completed in his later life. I believe Miró shares a characteristic with many contemporary journalists — he was not bound by one medium. Instead, Miró used many forms of media to create beautiful work that became more simple, but just as powerful, as he aged.

The exhibit included three quotes from Miró that I had to write down because they apply to journalism (and design) just as easily as art.

  1. “The material dictates what I must do.”
  2. “Forms give birth to other forms, constantly changing into something else.”
  3. “Achieve maximum intensity with a minimum of means.”

These are important concepts or goals I feel the young journalists I work with at Sandpoint High School need to understand and apply if they want to be successful in the different journalism mediums.

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