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Tree in front of the Clyfford Still Museum in the snow

2018’s Greatest Hits

By Dean Sobel, Director

As we say goodbye to our (lucky) seventh year, we look back fondly on a few of the things that made it stand out.

Yo Yo Ma (lower right) with guests at CSM. Photo courtesy Gary Steuer

Yo-Yo Ma visits the Museum

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma once described the essence of creativity as “tenacity…You’re looking for something and you’re going to pursue it to the end of the earth, no matter what it takes.” Given how much this description aligns with the life and legacy of Clyfford Still, it was quite the honor when Ma visited CSM—during his August stop in Denver for the Bach Project—to participate in a conversation about culture in the service of society moderated by New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Photo by Justin Wambold

inStill serves 10,000

The Museum’s free, standards-aligned, activity-based school program welcomed its 10,000th student on Tuesday, September 18. inStill Gallery Experiences have always been offered free of charge since their inception in 2014, and bus funding is also available to qualifying schools. We’re proud of this milestone because the Museum is committed to excellence in education, and to serving the teaching community at large.

History Unrolled

After nearly seven years of ongoing efforts, the Museum completed the inventory of its entire painting collection on Monday, November 5. The final canvases in the world’s most intact public collection of an American artist—which includes more than 3,400 works of art, all hidden from history for more than 30 years following Clyfford Still’s death in 1980—were unrolled, examined, and catalogued that day at 1 p.m. You can watch this historic occasion on our YouTube channel.

Clyfford and Sandra Still near the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1967. Photo: Patricia Still

A Daughter’s Voice

The Clyfford Still Museum’s first podcast is a moving, intimate glimpse into Still through the eyes and voice of his youngest daughter, Sandra Still Campbell. Campbell is candid and has a lot to say about her father. The podcast is drawn from more than five hours of Q&A with her this past June. It also includes archival recordings of Still’s own voice, and even a piano performance of his. It’s free and available to all online (with an additional 15+ outtakes) and everywhere podcasts are found.

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