The Hamilton Building at night

A Look Back at the Hamilton Building on its 10th Anniversary

It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the grand opening of Frederic C. Hamilton Building. But it’s been 10 amazing years filled with blockbuster exhibitions and world-class programs.

We commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Hamilton Building as we mourn the passing of a visionary leader and dear friend, Frederic Hamilton.

Read along as we take a fond look back at the Hamilton Building.

Libeskind's Inspiration

The Hamilton Building was Daniel Libeskind's first project completed in North America. The design recalls the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and geometric rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver. "I was inspired by the light and the geology of the Rockies, but most of all by the wide-open faces of the people of Denver," Libeskind said.

A Moment in Time: Here by Rick Dula
Credit: Rick Dula, A Moment in Time: Here, 2009. Acrylic paint, graphite, and chalk on wall. Museum purchase from the Volunteer Endowment Acquisition Fund. © Rick Dula

'Hidden' Artworks

There are two "hidden" artworks in the Hamilton Building. Rick Dula’s hyper-realist painting of the Hamilton Building, A Moment in Time: Here was on view in 2009 and 2010 in the exhibition Embrace! It’s currently protected by a wall on level 2.

Richard Serra’s Basic Maintenance is a 6,000-pound, steel sculpture that balances on a tiny point, propped against a wall engineered to accommodate its weight. No bolts secure it; no welding holds it together. It’s currently protected by a wall on level 4.

Couple engaged in Samurai
Instagram photo of a proposal in Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. Courtesy of Cara Elizabeth Yar Khan.

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Her favorite painting in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is called Lean.