DAM Members Group Visits The Met, Central Park, Dana Schutz's Gallery & More

DAM Members Group Visits The Met, Central Park, Dana Schutz's Gallery & More

A group of The Museum Associate members of the DAM recently returned from a whirlwind trip to New York. They saw The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925, just before it closed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and made its way to Denver.

In addition to a tour of the exhibition with co-curators, Thayer Tolles, Marica F. Vilcek Curator, American paintings and sculpture, the American wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Thomas Smith, Director, Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the DAM (pictured above), the group also visited several amazing private art collections in the city as well as other museums, galleries, and artist’s studios. Below is a photo from our visit to Dana Schutz’ studio with Gwen Chanzit, curator of modern art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive at the DAM, who also joined the trip. Schutz exhibited at the DAM last year, and showed us some of her new works in progress.

Thomas Smith also led the group on a walking tour of Central Park and Prospect Park, pointing out monumental sculptures by artists who are represented in The American West in Bronze exhibition, such as the Augustus Saint-Gaudens statue at the South East corner of Central Park, pictured below. We also had some special visits outside of Manhattan, including the Noguchi Museum in Queens, and Storm King Art Center and Dia: Beacon in Cornwall on Hudson.

More About The Museum Associates:

The opportunity to participate in trips like this is just one of the benefits of The Museum Associates program, which also includes special exhibition opening receptions, intimate gallery talks with curators, private collection visits in town, and an invitation to the museum’s annual gala. As one of our New York travelers said, “I enjoyed the variety of activities, traveling with curators, and the very efficient way the museum’s staff had every detail worked out. I would encourage those looking for travel opportunities to join The Museum Associates as a great benefit.” For more information about The Museum Associates and travel opportunities, please contact Mary Beth Polce, manager of The Museum Associates, at 720-913-0035 or mbpolce@denverartmuseum.org.

Mary Beth Polce is a major gifts officer in the development department at the Denver Art Museum. Mary Beth has been at the DAM since 2013 and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Spun: Adventures in Textiles.