The Denver Art Museum (DAM) seeks a dynamic and experienced individual to lead the museum’s Asian art department to a higher level of regional, national, and international prominence.
Founded in 1893, the museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. DAM has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of world art between Chicago and the West Coast. Internationally known for its holdings of Indigenous arts of North America, the Museum has also assembled an extensive group of objects from art of the Ancient Americas as well as Latin American art now considered one of the finest collections anywhere. Other areas of concentration are European and American painting and sculpture, architecture, design and graphics, modern and contemporary, Asian, African, Oceanic, western American and fashion art and textiles.
DAM celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2018 and has recently experienced remarkable growth, with exhibitions and programs engaging more than 500,000+ visitors per year. The museum’s historic 210,000 square foot Gio Ponti-designed Martin Building opened in 1971 and recently underwent a $150 million renovation that included the addition of a 50,000-square-foot welcome center. The building is expected to reopen in the Fall of 2021.
DAM’s Asian art collection includes about 7,000 items, ranging in age from antiquity to modern days, and spanning the entire Asian continent — Turkey, South Asia and East Asia – along with Islamic art. A reinstallation of the Asian permanent collection is underway in the newly renovated Martin Building and 22,000 square feet of exhibition space will open to the public in the fall of 2021. Of that, 5,000 square feet will be available for temporary exhibitions.