The Denver Art Museum campus, including the renovated Martin Building, will reopen in October
The $ 150 million expansion offers a new visitor center, educational spaces and more inclusive collections.
For more than three years, the north side of the Denver Art Museum campus has been closed for renovation. But soon, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Martin Building, visitors will finally be able to see the interior of the eight-story Lanny and Sharon Martin Building designed by Gio Ponti, as well as the new Anna and John J. Sie Visitor Center. .
The reinvented campus will reopen to the public with one day free admission on October 24. The recently restored Martin Building offers 33,328 square feet of new gallery and public space, educational programming, artist interactions, expanded outdoor spaces, breathtaking views of the city and mountains, and the new learning and development center. engagement Jana & Fred Bartlit, which offers more than 17,600 square feet of programming space, workshop rooms, community galleries and interactive gathering spaces, including activations by artists Frankie Toan and Moe Gram.
The 50,000 square foot visitor center, which connects the Martin and Hamilton buildings, will offer ticketing services, programming spaces, a technical studies and art conservation laboratory and two new dining spaces, including the quick-service Café Gio and Ponti Restaurant, which features a local menu from Denver chef, James Beard Award winner Jennifer Jasinski
“We look forward to being open to creativity, joy and wonder – welcoming our community to vibrant new spaces this fall, to explore art, world cultures and their own creativity,” said said museum director Christoph Heinrich in a press release.
Press documents also indicate that as part of the Martin Building’s redesign, its galleries have been updated with a commitment to inclusion. Some of these initiatives include showcasing more contemporary and community artists, as well as the inclusion of bilingual art labels in English and Spanish throughout the museum’s campus. Some of the updated or new collectible galleries include Northwest Coast and Alaska Galleries, Native North American Art Galleries, Latin American Art Galleries, and Art Galleries of Ancient Americas, Asian art galleries, European art before 1800, textile art and fashion and photography. West American art galleries and galleries.
The first floor of the Martin Building, which once served primarily as a storage for works of art, will serve as the 6,500-square-foot Bonfils-Stanton Foundation gallery. The space will open with ReVision: Art in the Americas, an exhibition highlighting approximately 180 works from DAM’s Latin American and Ancient Americas collections.
The renovations cost $ 150 million to build. Denver Art Museum board chairman Lanny Martin and his wife Sharon Martin, whose Martin building is named after, contributed the first $ 25 million. The voter-approved Elevate Denver Bonds covered an additional $ 35.5 million, and the museum helped cover the rest by matching public investments at a three-to-one ratio.
The renovated campus will reopen to the public on October 24 with an opening day celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although participation is free, guests must reserve tickets, which will be available from September 17.
If you can’t wait that long, the museum has a few opening events until the 24th. Unveiled The opening gala on October 15 is sold out, but tickets for October 22 Full circle The opening night, which features live music and cocktails, goes on sale September 10. Tickets for Full circle are $ 100 for DAM members and $ 125 for non-members. And if you’re a member and want to experience campus earlier, you can attend a Membership Sneak Peek on October 21, 22, or 23. You can find more information about admission to the museum online.