The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is pleased to announce that its Modern and Contemporary Art Department has named the department-head title the Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The new title honors nearly two decades of strong support for the museum’s collections and programs from Vicki and Kent Logan.
Rebecca Hart, who joined the museum as the curator of modern and contemporary art in 2015, will carry the new title as she continues her role in overseeing the DAM’s broad modern and contemporary art collection, as well as the museum’s commitment to connecting visitors with artist encounters and bringing world-class special exhibitions to Denver, including Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, currently on view at the museum through fall 2017.
Current contemporary art programs at the museum led by Hart include the Logan Lecture series, which has been bringing internationally recognized contemporary artists to Denver for a decade, and Shade: Clyfford Still/ Mark Bradford, a collaborative exhibition opening at the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum on April 9.
Kent and Vicki Logan are longtime collectors, and in 2001 gave the largest art donation in the history of the museum’s contemporary art department. The artworks from the Logan collection formed a foundation for the contemporary holdings at the Denver Art Museum and have enabled the DAM to embark on ambitious exhibitions and collection-growth endeavors. The Logans were among the first Americans to collect work by contemporary Chinese artists and they now own one of the largest collections of such material in the world. As a result of the Logans' generosity, the museum’s collection reflects important cultural issues of our time, including gender, race, ethnicity and identity.
“The Logans' generosity has had a profound impact on the Denver Art Museum and Colorado’s larger contemporary art community,” said Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum. “Their continued philanthropic support of the museum’s collections and program through this new curatorial title for Hart will fuel contemporary programs and projects into the future.”
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