High Hopes

The Moore galleries wind up with a lone exhibition, British Painting: The Berger Collection, which highlights a glorious cache kept right here in Denver. The exhibit, which has generated press attention back in England, includes more than seventy paintings collected by local financier William Berger in the form of portraits, landscapes and sporting pictures. Unfortunately, as seen elsewhere in the Moore galleries, these paintings suffer from having been arranged thematically.

The DAM's effort to recast itself--and thus generate more public support--is laudable. And the worthwhile new attractions should guarantee increased attendance. But was it wise for museum officials to play to the general public--as they've done on the sixth floor--and in the process risk offending their core constituency of art lovers? Stay tuned.

The remodeled Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 640-4433.

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