Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Final Weeks to See Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand closed on November 25, 2013. This visually interactive exhibition presented 14 contemporary artists, born between the 1930s and 1960s. Their works surprise the eye while challenging and intriguing our powers of perception.

These masters of alchemy transform materials ranging from anticipated to astonishing. Using time-honored textile techniques—embroidery, quilting, weaving, netting, crochet, coiling and ikat—the artists push them to unexpected extremes, or they invent new methods to achieve their creative vision. Ranging from Pop Art to present day, the sculptures, paintings, and imagery achieved by their magic span more than 30 years of creativity. 

See the exhibition, here, in the slideshow.  

Carla Stansifer is a former curatorial assistant in the textile art department at the Denver Art Museum. Carla worked in the Asian art department in 2000–2005 and in the textile art department in 2012–2013.