The Lanny & Sharon Martin Building, designed by Gio Ponti, reopened on October 24, 2021 after its 50th-year renovation.
Located in the Civic Center of Denver, Colorado, the beautifully designed Denver Art Museum is definitely worth a visit. Here are highlights from a day spent here at the Martin Building, which recently underwent a renovation! With seven floors, there was so much to explore.
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour has come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “LORD, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “You shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, You have no part with me.”
“Then, LORD,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head a well!”
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For He knew who was going to betray Him, and that was why He said not every one was clean.
When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”John 13:1-17
I absolutely loved the large amount of Christian art available for viewing at Denver Art Museum. If you are new to this website, we love Jesus 🙂
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Architecture & Furniture
The building was artistically designed to provide beautiful views of Downtown Denver, including the state capitol. On the seventh floor of the Denver Art Museum, there is also an outdoor terrace or viewing deck!
Indigenous American Art
Daily living and caring for family is what matters most – art being part of daily living.
Latin American Art
Asian American Art
Avenir Textile Art and Fashion Galleries
Suited: Empowered Feminine Fashion
With 4,451 square feet of gallery space and 1,161 square feet of studio space, the Denver Art Museum’s reimagined Avenir Textile Art and Fashion Galleries will feature exhibitions devoted to both fashion and textiles.
Avenir’s first exhibition is Suited, which explores the evolution of the tailored suit for the female form over the course of the 20th century and beyond. Suited features 85 looks from 1900 through the present day, with pieces drawn from the museum’s holdings—including from a major donation by Susan Gutfreund—as well as loans from History Colorado Center and private collectors including Joy Dinsdale.
Mining more than 100 years of fashion history, this exhibition traces the ways in which high fashion developed alongside the changing role of women in society and the growing feminist movement, and how styles evolved to incorporate menswear-inspired silhouettes and functional pieces conducive to complex lifestyles. This intimate presentation shares the history of couture and emphasizes the ways in which women represent and empower themselves through their sartorial choices.
If this topic is of interest, you may also want to visit this museum next door!
The Byers–Evans House Museum seeks to highlight the suffrage era.
Adjacent to the main galleries, PreVIEW shares a behind-the-scenes look at museum textile conservators’ work examining and repairing works in the collection, as well as how objects are prepped for exhibition by the curatorial staff.
Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio
The Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio offers interactive activities and displays to engage visitors with the role of textiles in daily life and highlight the creativity and ingenuity of textile artists and designers across time and around the world.
I enjoyed learning more about the process of textile making at The Nancy Lake Benson Textile Studio. They have a number of studios like this one where there are educational activities for children and adults alike!
ReVisión: Art in the Americas
Open Through July 17, 2022
Being from Hawaii, I loved learning about the history and culture of the Americas through its art.
A strong selection of nearly 180 objects from the museum’s Ancient American and Latin American Art collections, hailed as one of the best in the country, will tell a visually compelling narrative about the formation of the Americas from 100 B.C. to today.
The thematic presentation will explore land, people, and place by linking ancient and contemporary artworks that address political and social issues at the heart of the region’s cultural heritage as well as expand the narrative through voices that include women artists and contemporary voices that speak to the diversity of the Americas.
ReVisión is organized by DAM curators Victoria I. Lyall, Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas, and Jorge Rivas Pérez, Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Latin American Art. The majority of the works on view will be from the DAM’s permanent collection, with additional loans from institutions such as the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Pérez Museum.