Gwen Chanzit is curator of Modern Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive at the Denver Art Museum. She has organized exhibitions on artists ranging from Matisse and Bonnard to Dana Schutz. Among recent exhibition projects are Figure to Field, Mark Rothko in the 1940s, Herbert Bayer: Berlin Graphics 1928-1938, Fracture: Cubism and After, Joan Miró: Instinct and Imagination, Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures, Herbert Bayer: New York and Aspen Paintings 1938-1974, and Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master.
Most recent is Women of Abstract Expressionism, a traveling exhibition that opened at the Denver Art Museum in June and will travel for a year. A comprehensive catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Regarded as the world expert on internationally renowned Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), Chanzit regularly rotates installations of the Denver Art Museum’s Bayer Collection that now numbers more than 8,000 works. She has published four books and several articles and catalogs on this Austrian born Bauhaus artist who spent 28 years in Aspen.
Chanzit holds a Ph.D. in art history and contributes to future generations of museum professionals as director of museum studies for the University of Denver’s graduate program in art history.