Denver’s Westword calls it a DAM shame and we’d tend to agree. R. Craig Miller, the curator responsible for founding the Denver Art Museum architecture, graphics and design collection is going east to Indy to launch a similar effort for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. DAM trustees are “stunned,” but more critically, it seems like Denver’s going to miss out on some big acquisitions: Apparently Miller had been planning some blockbuster of a European design show, which will now open at IMA first, and Denver also might lose the permanent collection coming from AIGA:
The fact that the DAM had not committed to sponsoring Miller’s European extravaganza doubtless played a part in his decision to leave. His departure also endangers the promised gift of the archive of graphic design promised by the AIGA, which Miller brokered.
If that doesn’t make your jaw drop a little, how about this:
The IMA is one of the wealthiest art institutions in the country.