He’s not a household name, at least not in this country. But Italian architect Gio Ponti left his mark on Colorado in the form of the Denver Art Museum, that gray, fortress-like building overlooking Civic Center Park. A new exhibition at the museum tells the story of how Ponti came to design the seven-story building, which opened in 1971. It’s called, “Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon.” That “next” part refers to the museum’s plans to renovate and expand Ponti’s only U.S. building.
Ryan Warner spoke with Darrin Alfred, the Denver Art Museum’s associate curator of architecture, design and graphics.