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Denver Art Museum announces Spun. Adventures in Textiles exhibition

Denver Art Museum announces Spun. Adventures in Textiles a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography in the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles, on view May 19–September 22, 2013.

The museum-wide show is in celebration of the DAM’s new textile art galleries, which also will be unveiled on May 19. The inaugural exhibition in the new gallery space, Cover Story, will feature approximately 60 objects from the museum’s textile art collection that explore the myriad ways that textiles envelop, embellish and enrich human lives across centuries, continents and cultures. Spun will draw from collections throughout the museum as well as loans and interactive on-site creations—for example, an ever-growing crochet coral reef —and will feature multiple exhibitions throughout the Hamilton and North buildings with a full slate of programming to complement the exhibitions.
The museum’s newly opened and renovated textile art galleries and its inaugural show Cover Story are at the heart of this campus-wide event. Whether as warming layers that comfort us during sleep, decorative furnishings on our walls and floors that enhance our waking hours or shields providing protection from the elements or evil spirits, textiles are present throughout all moments of our lives. Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art Alice Zrebiec has chosen a selection of objects that not only illustrate the exhibition theme but also display the depth of the museum’s extensive textile art collection offering surprising stories about how textiles enhance our lives. The objects in Cover Story mirror the diverse geographical areas and range of textiles found in the permanent collection.

“Cover Story introduces the public to the scope of our textile art collection by exploring the multitude of ways textiles permeate our lives: from bedcovers, furnishing fabrics and robes of prestige to ceremonial, ritual and talismanic textiles,” said Zrebiec. “The theme allows the presentation of objects from different cultures and periods in thought-provoking juxtaposition.”

Expanding the current textile art gallery space more than six times, the new galleries also feature a Textile Art Studio where visitors can be inspired by the creativity of textile artists and their materials and a special PreVIEW area offering glimpses into the behind-the-scenes work that fuels exhibitions, from study and examination to preparation and conservation of the textile art collection. –