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May 13, 2004

Denver Art Institutions Stepping Out

2006 ought to prove a banner year for Denver art institutions.

The Denver Art Museum's new Libeskind-designed Frederic C. Hamilton Building will open then, nearly doubling the museum's current size and promising much more gallery space for Modern and Contemporary. Libeskind's angular design joins an, err, eclectic architectural mix, including the museum's current Gio Ponti building and the public library's odd pastiche, with the neoclassical Civic Center Park just across 14th ave. This will be the first Libeskind creation ever to be completed on the continent.

Also by '06, the MCA/Denver plans to be moving to some legitimate digs, recently charging David Adaye with the new building's design. At a target of 15,000-20,000 sq ft, this new building should double or nearly triple their current space (a 7,000 sq ft renovated fish market).

And, in west-suburban Lakewood, developers of the new downtown have worked with Adam Lerner of DAM to develop The Lab, a new experimental contemporary art center slated for late '05/early '06. It's an exciting prospect for a region that still has some difficulty releasing itself from the taste for that whole western cowboy & injun, landscape and color field abstraction thing.

"Denver Art Institutions Stepping Out"
Posted by Dan at 01:40 PM


Referenced in this post:

Adjaye Associates
Arcpace: Daniel Libeskind, Denver Art Museum
Belmar: Experiments in Art & Ideas
Civic Center Park, Denver: North—The Voorhies Memorial Gate
Colorado Postcards: Denver, Civic Center Park
Daniel Libeskind: Extension to the Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum
Denver Post: Art to enjoy wide canvas in Lakewood— Kyle MacMillan
PRNewswire: Research-Based Contemporary Art Center Launched in Lakewood, CO
Rocky Mountain News: Museum board chooses architect—Mary Voelz Chandler