Logan Collection

Logan Collection

Logan Collection

In 2000, internationally prominent contemporary art collectors Vicki and Kent Logan established a relationship with the Denver Art Museum (though years earlier Vicki Logan worked at the Denver Art Museum). A year later, the Logans gave the single largest donation in the history of the museum’s modern and contemporary art department.

The Logans' generous patronage has had a profound impact on the museum and on Denver’s larger contemporary art community. Completely aligned with the existing direction of the modern and contemporary department, the works reflect the Logans' global perspective and represent some of the most exciting and groundbreaking work that was created in the 1990s and early twenty-first century.

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.

Kent Logan explains that the works he and his wife have collected and donated “reflected our belief that art is a mirror of our culture, and that the best of it provides insight into issues that face us as individuals and as a society as a whole.” Museum visitors are treated regularly to rotating exhibitions from the Logan Collection in the Vicki and Kent Logan Gallery located on level four of the Hamilton Building.

The Logans' contributions are felt everywhere in the museum. As part of the 2013 exhibition Material World on level four of the Hamilton Building, the Logans' gift of important works by Lin Tianmiao and Oliver Herring went on display for the first time at the DAM, and their gift of two major works by American Indian contemporary artist Jeffrey Gibson were on exhibit in the DAM's American Indian art galleries.

The Logans also generously support other major exhibitions, such as the recent 10-year survey Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels and Sovereign: Independent Voices, which highlighted the work of three leading American Indian contemporary artists Kent Monkman, Rose Simpson, and Virgil Ortiz, who have received international acclaim. Of the works in Sovereign, one installation piece by Kent Monkman and all three sculptures by Rose Simpson were gifted to the DAM, and the Logans generously named 25 artworks by Virgil Ortiz as promised gifts (many of which were on view in the 2015/16 exhibition Revolt 1680-2180: Virgil Ortiz). Also, in 2013 the Logans supported an original performance art piece by Monkman that was then acquired by the DAM.

Additionally, the Logans continue to support the Logan Lecture Series, which brings important contemporary artists to the museum to talk about their work and engage audiences in stimulating discussion.

All Logan Gifts

The Logans have donated and promised hundreds of artworks to the Denver Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For further insight into the creation and development of the Logan Collection, please refer to Kent Logan's essay The Logan Collection: A Collector's Philosophy (PDF). Lists of artwork gifts, exhibitions illustrated with installations from the Logan Collection, plus additional essays by museum curators, art critics and academics, are available for viewing in the documents below:

Past Exhibitions

JORDAN CASTEEL

RETURNING THE GAZE

February 2, 2019–August 18, 2019

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze was organized by the Denver Art Museum. It was presented with generous support from Merle C. Chambers, Vicki and Kent Logan, Barbara Bridges, Judi and Joe Wagner, the Robert Lehman Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Educational programs associated with the exhibition are funded by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, FirstBank, Illegal Pete’s, Riverfront Park Community Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

EYES ON

ERIKA HARRSCH

On View through November 17, 2019

Eyes On: Erika Harrsch was organized by the Denver Art Museum. It was presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

EYES ON

JONATHAN SAIZ

On View through November 17, 2019

Eyes On: Jonathan Saiz was organized by the Denver Art Museum. It was presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

SHADE

CLYFFORD STILL/MARK BRADFORD

April 9, 2017–July 16, 2017

Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford was organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Its presentation in Denver is a collaboration between the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Clyfford Still Museum, and the Denver Art Museum. This exhibition has been made possible through the generosity of First Niagara Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Banta, Jay Goldman, Hauser & Wirth, Deborah Ronnen, and Amy and Harris Schwalb.

The presentation at the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum was generously funded by Vicki and Kent Logan, Christie’s, and U.S. Bank. Additional funding is provided by the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

MI TIERRA

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS EXPLORE PLACE

February 19, 2017–October 22, 2017

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place was organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented by Bank of America with generous funding also provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Vicki and Kent Logan, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post. Special thanks to the Mexican Cultural Center.

Additional generous support for Daniela Edburg’s Uprooted is provided by the Hamilton Family Foundation through the Hamilton Collaborative: a Visiting Artist Program of the University of Denver and the Denver Art Museum. Jaime Carrejo’s One-Way Mirror is funded by Demiurge LLC and Ramiro Gomez’s Lupita by Jim and Julie Taylor.

AUDACIOUS

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS SPEAK OUT

February 21, 2016–August 6, 2017

Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out was organized by the Denver Art Museum. It was presented with generous support from Vicki and Kent Logan, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

SHOWING OFF

RECENT MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ACQUISITIONS

May 17, 2015–April 3, 2016

Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions was organized by the Denver Art Museum. It was presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan.

BEYOND POP ART

A TOM WESSELMANN RETROSPECTIVE

July 13, 2014–September 14, 2014

Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective was organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with collaboration from the Tom Wesselmann estate (New York). The Cincinnati Art Museum organized a modified presentation for the exhibition at the Denver Art Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum. We would like to thank Claire Wesselmann for generously loaning her husband’s paintings and making this exhibition possible. This exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. It was presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan.