AAA Editor Notes
Denver Art Museum is at the s. end of Civic Center, on 14th Avenue Parkway, 1 blk. w. of Broadway. The entrance is located between 12th and 13th avenues. Made up of two distinct buildings, more than 1 million faceted glass tiles cover the 24-sided North Building, which was designed by Gio Ponti and is currently undergoing a major renovation. The Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is clad in titanium and resembles the jagged peaks of the nearby Rocky Mountains.
The museum’s collection, typically on view in the North Building, is curated by nine departments: Asian, modern and contemporary, European and American painting and sculpture, Native Arts (American Indian, African and Oceanic), New World (pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial), Western American, photography, architecture, design and graphics, and textile art/fashion. Artists represented include Albert Bierstadt, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Andy Warhol.
The Hamilton Building's modern and contemporary art display includes massive paintings and sculptures enhanced with vibrant hues and composed of a variety of materials, including wood, plaster, fiberglass, steel and vinyl. Masks of all sizes, oils on canvas and enchanting acrylic works characterize the African art collection, while Yipwon spirit, pig and tree-fern figurines capture the imagination in the Oceanic art section.
While the North Building undergoes a major renovation through 2021, the Hamilton Building will host the museum's current collection exhibitions focused on showcasing art from across time and geography. Current and upcoming special exhibitions will focus on contemporary artists, fashion and textile art, mid-century modern design and impressionist paintings.
Note: The North Building is closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in 2021; phone ahead for information.
Guided tours are available. Food is available.
$13; $10 (ages 65+ and military and college students with ID); free (ages 0-18 and to all first Sat. of the month). An additional charge may apply for special exhibitions.
Daily 10-5 (also Fri. 5-8). Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.