Denver Art Museum has appointed Rebecca R. Hart as the Polly and Mark Addison curator of modern and contemporary art. Hart has served as curator of contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for the past decade, and will begin working with DAM’s curator of modern art, Gwen Chanzit, in August.
Christoph Heinrich, DAM’s director, said in a statement, “We are fortunate to welcome such an experienced curator to the DAM. Rebecca is known for creating connections between artists and communities, and we are excited to see how she will engage existing and new audiences with exhibitions and programs that push the envelope for Denver.”
At DIA, Hart led an acquisition program that brought in works made after 1950, including pieces by Matthew Barney, Julie Mehretu, Shirin Neshat, and Owusu-Ankomah. She was also responsible for organizing Shirin Neshat’s mid-career retrospective, which later traveled to Seoul.
Hart holds a master’s degree in art history from Wayne State University in Detroit in addition to an MFA in fiber from the Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and dual bachelor’s degrees in fine art and art history from the Kansas City Art Institute and Williams College, respectively.
“I immediately sensed a kinship with the people of Denver who engage in arts and culture with a sense of curiosity and adventure,” Hart said in the press. “Having lived in the Miami area and Detroit, with work experience in Oaxaca, Mexico, I am particularly interested in partnering with the Hispanic community. It will be an honor to develop exhibitions and a program of acquisitions that resonate with the rich heritage of Colorado. Perhaps it goes without saying that the dynamic spirit at DAM captivated me: the ambitious vision, an amazing collection with such international acclaim and innovative programs created by an engaged staff—all within eyesight of the high plains and Rockies.”