It’s a big day for the Denver Art Museum. Having just received a Travel Star Award at the Denver Travel Hall of Fame Dinner on March 9, DAM has just announced three curatorial appointments. Associate Curator Jennifer R. Henneman is now Director of the Museum of American Art of the West and Director of the Petrie Institute of Western Art; Rory Padeken is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Vicki and Kent Logan; Raphael Fonseca is the Associate Director of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Curator, the role was created in 2021.
Henneman landed the role after a nationwide search.Since joining DAM in 2016, she has been co-curator of major exhibitions Forces of Nature: Winslow Homer and Frederick Remington and edited and contributed to Art of the American West: Selections from the Denver Art Museumwhich was published in 2020 and won the Colorado Book Award.
“During my six years at DAM, I have worked to expand the scope of the American Western art canon,” Henneman said in a press release. “I look forward to continuing these efforts and working to highlight important stories in the West through inclusive storytelling and collaborative curation.”
“Henneman brings an in-depth knowledge of the Petrie Institute’s collections and participates in and contributes to its reputation as an academic institution for the art of the American West,” said Angelica, DAM’s chief curator and curator of European and American art until 1900 Daneo added.
Padeken, currently curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, will join DAM in June.He was included in America’s top 40 under 40 list Silicon Valley Business Journal, and is known for installing exhibitions exploring humanitarian crises.
“DAM’s focus on telling artists’ stories and engaging with communities fits perfectly with my own curatorial approach, which aims to connect art to everyday life,” says Paderken. “I look forward to working with the talented team at DAM to showcase the museum’s modern and contemporary collections through an inclusive lens.”
Fonseca comes to DAM in 2021 after serving as the curator of the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói. “The newly created curatorial position supports DAM’s research, exhibition and collection of modern and contemporary Latin American art,” the release said.
“DAM is one of the most comprehensive collections of Latin American art in the United States, and I look forward to using my position to focus on the creativity and achievement of modern and contemporary art in the region,” said Fonseca.
The Travel Star Award awarded to DAM cites “the renovation and opening of the Martin Building and Sie Welcome Center, and Paris to Hollywood and Whistler to Cassatt exhibition. ” Christoph Heinrich, Director of DAM, accepted the award.
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