With the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) upcoming North Building revitalization project on the horizon, an exhibition about the renowned modernist building, its history and its future will open February 19.
“Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon”, will feature historical photos, original architectural sketches, building models and project renderings to tell the story of the North Building’s evolution.
The exhibition showcases architect Gio Ponti’s original vision for the building and explores how the North Building has served in expanding and diversifying the community since opening its doors in 1971.
It also features the museum’s future plans and outlines the guiding principles for the revitalization project: responsibly managing and caring for buildings and collections, offering a superior visitor experience, unifying the campus and inviting the entire community to enjoy the museum and programs.
A selection of artworks from the DAM’s collection will be on view at History Colorado in “Backstory: Western American Art in Context,” opening March 18. Contemporary Western American art will remain on view on Level 2 of the Hamilton Building.
The North Building revitalization project is being funded, in part, by a $25 million pledge from Lanny and Sharon Martin, who sit on the DAM’s Board of Trustees. It is the largest financial gift in the museum’s history. In recognition of the Martins’ gift, the North Building will be renamed the J. Landis and Sharon Martin Building.
The revitalization project is estimated at $150 million. Key project elements include bringing the museum’s renowned educational programs to the center of the campus, expanding gallery spaces for growing collections, including Design and Western American art, completing Ponti’s original vision for visitor access, emphasizing the stunning seventh-floor views, exterior site improvements, a new welcome center, and updating environmental and other key systems to current-generation technology.