Textile Art Gallery, Level 6, North Building
The collections of the department of textile art encompass over 5,000 objects from Asia, Europe, North and South America, and range from archeological textiles to contemporary works of art in fiber.
Notable aspects of the textile art collection include:
- An internationally recognized collection of more than 300 American quilts. These include Indiana Wreath quilt, by Charlotte Jane Whitehill (1866-1964), and The Matterhorn quilt by Myrtle M. Fortner (1880-1966), Both were honored as being among the 100 best quilts of the 1900s.
- The Julia Wolf Glasser collection, given by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Grimes, comprises more than 100 samplers, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and made in Europe, North and South America.
- The Charlotte Hill Grant collection of more than 600 Chinese textiles, court robes, and accessories—primarily late Qing Dynasty—acquired by Mrs. Grant in China in the 1920s and 1930s, and subsequently gifted to the museum by her children, James P. Grant and Betty Austin Grant, in 1977.
- Ecclesiastical vestments and textiles from the Renaissance to the 1900s, particularly the gift of Rev. John Krenzke.
Things To Do
Roll up your sleeves and dress to impress at a costume-themed party that’s suited for stars. More
Stop by for PREVIEW Open Window on Wednesday from 10:30 am-noon. More
Jorge Rivas, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art, will share his curatorial insights on the New World department’s extensive collection of paintings depicting the Virgin Mary, either alone or with the Christ child, from the Viceroyalty of Peru that date from the late 1500s to the early 1800s.
DAM holdings include two recently acquired paintings by Mateo Perez de Alesio and Pedro Diaz, among others.
Tickets for this member lecture are $15. Tickets go on sale January 17. More
Join three DAM curators for a dialogue highlighting the convergence of art, design, and fashion. More
Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today. More
News & Stories
Watch a video to see how the museum created custom-made supports for some of the garments in Shock Wave. More
Müller discusses the opportunities and challenges of adding fashion to the DAM's collection, shares her opinion about the differences between Denver and Paris, and more. More
Note: The Thread Studio, Textile Art Gallery, and PreVIEW Open Window will be closed for installation August 8–September 10. More
Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the collections management department just completed an upgrade of the rolled textile storage collection. See their work in a time-lapse video and photographs. More
The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.
Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More
In preparation for Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry, opening May 31, the Denver Art Museum's staff have been working on a Spanish Colonial table cover in PreVIEW (a behind-the-scenes visible staging area in our textile art gallery).
Curators have examined it and explored its history, and textile art conservators have been testing and repairing the tapestry. In this video, conservators clean and stabilize the tapestry. More
Publications by and about the textile art department include:
- Companion to First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection. Alice M. Zrebiec. Denver Art Museum, 2014.
- Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty. Alice M. Zrebiec. Denver Art Museum, 2013.
- Yves Saint Laurent. Florence Müller and Farid Chenoune. New York: Abrams, 2010.
- American Patchwork Quilt: The Denver Art Museum Collection. Tokyo: Kokusai Art, 1986.
- Secret Splendors of the Chinese Court: Qing Dynasty Textiles from the Charlotte Hill Grant Collection. Denver: Denver Art Museum, 1981.
- Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Curator of Fashion
- Jane Burke, Curatorial Assistant, Fashion and Textile Art
- Stefania Van Dyke, Interpretive Specialist
- Allison McCloskey, Associate Conservator of Textiles
- Emma Schmitt, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Textile Conservation
- Dr. Alice M. Zrebiec, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art 2012-2015 (consulting curator 1996-2012)
- Imelda G. DeGraw, Curator 1965-1992
- Lydia Roberts Dunham, Curator 1955-1962