2015-16 ACQUISITIONS REPORT
The Denver Art Museum’s collection reflects the city and region—and provides invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. A total of 179 works were acquired by the Department of Architecture, Design, and Graphics between October 2015 and September 2016.
Among these acquisitions Design Council funded the purchase of Mexican furniture designer Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers’ Prickly Pair Chair, a playful remix of European and Mexican cultures. Wohlers has combined an armchair, designed in the ubiquitous Louis XV style, with the Nopal cactus, or prickly pear, a symbol of Mexican heritage and national pride. The combination of cultural inspiration is drawn from Wohlers’ own background, being born in Mexico City and studying and working in England since 2005. This acquisition represents just one example of the Department’s recent commitment towards thinking more broadly about what constitutes American design and a move to acquire objects from Latin American designers that not only expand and strengthen the collection, but also addresses the country’s changing demographics.
Image: Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers, Prickly Pair Chair, Gentleman’s Style, 2009; Collection Denver Art Museum. Acquired by exchange.
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