An October 2006 trip
to Denver by beckilena
Quote: Denver is rich is art and history and the cultural attractions prove it.
The new Hamilton expansion to the Denver Art Museum breathes new life and light into an already amazing art museum. After 6 years of planning and construction the new creation is now open to the public after the 35 hour straight opening featuring live music and performances. I chose to visit the museum after the chaos of the opening.
Vertigo seems to ensue immediately after entering the immense, stair filled venue (not to deter, there are elevators but you will miss you on some amazing views). It's a bit like the Guggenheim layout, except more mountainous views surround the viewer. The new building is the most experimental building to be added to the Denver skyline. The exposed angles penetrate the surrounding area spreading light all around. The new expansion sheds light on the unbelievable collection of modern and primitive art the museum show cases. The curatorial genius is in the juxtaposition of the African art with the Modern collection. This set up allows the viewer to see the influence African art had on the Modern art movement. On the main level there is an expansive collection of Japanese prints donated by collectors John and Kimiko Powers. For the more purists there is also some Western art, but the new addition seems to focus more on the contemporary. For any fans of the magazine Juxtapoz the Modern Japanese collection is a must see. There are some wildly, inventive and somewhat outlandish sculpture and installation to be found in this section as well. Along with the new expansion it's still a great idea to visit the old building to see some excellent examples of European, Asian, Decorative, Western, Primitive, and various other genres of art.
The area surrounding the new building is also growing so it's a great place to spend the day and enjoy some great artwork. There is also a great vegetarian restaurant 3 blocks away called the Watercourse (but beware with scheduling because both the art museum and this excellent restaurant are closed on Mondays). All in all the new addition complements the old well and is a great complement to the city, I would strongly recommend a visit to anyone!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 13, 2006
Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Ave Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204
(303) 640 4433
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2006
2300 Steele St (at City Park, Between York And Colorado)
Denver, Colorado 80205
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80205