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:
Image (top): Francesco Clemente, Portrait of Kent Logan and Vicki Logan, 2005. Oil on canvas, Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum.