AAA Editor Notes
Denver Art Museum is at the s. end of Civic Center on 14th Avenue Pkwy., 1 blk. w. of Broadway. More than 1 million faceted glass tiles cover the 24-sided North Building, designed by Gio Ponti. The Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is clad in titanium and resembles the jagged peaks of the nearby Rocky Mountains. A glass-enclosed bridge stretching across 13th Avenue connects the buildings.
The museum’s collection is held in 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.
The North Building's Western American collection entices with works depicting dramatic landscapes, the Gold Rush and the Hispanic West. Buddhist sculptures and bronzes, a Japanese Samurai suit of armor and a portion of a wooden palace facade can be discovered in the Asian galleries; the Everyday Traditions exhibit has such captivating features as a monkey god from India, a guardian lion from Thailand and other colorful works. Ceremonial dress, jewelry, basketry, totems, an 1884 tipi, and elaborate pottery and weavings intrigue all ages on the Native American floor.
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.