A Denver Destination Vacation: Spun, Adventures in Textiles
Tapestry: Spring (Wiosna) (detail), designed by Stefan Galkowski (1912-1984) and manufactured by Wanda Cooperative; Cracow, Poland; about 1961. Wool and linen tapestry. Denver Art Museum; Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of The Moskowitz Family. 2005.134
Cover Story is the heart of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. Featured in the inaugural show for the new textile art galleries, the objects in Cover Story mirror the diverse geographical areas and range of textiles found in the Denver Art Museum's permanent collection.
Cover Story explores the myriad ways that textiles envelop, embellish, and enrich human lives across centuries, continents, and cultures. 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. The exhibition includes about 50 objects from the permanent collection.
The Denver Art Museum's permanent collections also inspired these Spun: Adventures in Textile exhibitions:
▪ Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840–1870 draws from the museum’s extensive collection of Navajo textiles and conveys the importance of color, pattern and an artist’s hand in the stunning cloths created during the high point of Navajo weaving.
▪ Material World showcases work by contemporary artists who utilize fabric and related materials either directly or as a means of informing their art. New acquisitions by Shinique Smith, Leonardo Drew and Tucker Nichols will be on view for the first time.
▪ Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia highlights the use of resist-dye techniques from several Asian countries examining cultural traditions.
▪ Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag provides a rare opportunity to view original works on paper by one of the most versatile women designers of the post-WWII period, alongside her lively, bold designs for furnishing textiles, dress fabrics, laminates and other decorative surfaces.
▪ Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander and Seydou Keïta allows for comparison of two bodies of work that documented social transformations in their respective countries through portraiture of everyday citizens.
▪ Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art looks at the influence textile motifs have had on other artistic mediums.
▪ Transpositionis a collaboration between Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza that explores the intersection of craft and technology. The artwork consists of physical elastic ropes that are illuminated by glowing virtual strings. Interacting with this artwork, visitors can discover the relationship between textile, movement and technology
▪ Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012 offers a selection of Price's works, which experiment with non-traditional drawing and collage.
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