Creative Crossroads

The Art of Tapestry

On View through August 7, 2016

Irvin Trujillo (American, b. 1954), Saltillo Shroud, 2014, wool tapestry. Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds by exchange. Copyright Irvin Trujillo. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Mark Adams (American, 1925-2006), Flight of Angels, woven by M. and Mme. Paul Avignon, 1962, wool and cotton tapestry; Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of The E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust. Copyright of The E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust.

Composition with Three Elements, wool and cotton tapestry woven by Jacqueline de La Baume-Dürrbach, Atelier J. de La Baume-Dürrbach, Cavalaire, France, c. 1951, after a 1924-6 painting by Albert Gleizes (French, 1881-1953). Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from the Marion G. Hendrie Endowment Trust.

Tasseled Tunic, Peru, North Coast, Chimu culture, 900–1400. Cotton and camelid fiber (probably alpaca). Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift in memory of Richard Levine, 2011.358

On View through August 7, 2016

North Building - Level 6
Included in general admission.

From around the world and across centuries, more than 20 tapestry-woven wall hangings, rugs, furniture covers, garments, and sculptural forms illustrate the creative possibilities of this technique. The selection includes historic European tapestries made by large ateliers, twentieth-century collaborations between artist and weaver, and works by solo artist-weavers who use tapestry as their creative medium.

While some designs are culturally specific, others borrow from, transform, or transcend tradition. Contemporary tapestries join historic weavings from Europe, Turkey, China, Peru, Mexico, and the American Southwest in the main gallery, complemented by a selection of smaller tapestries in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio.

Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

  • Textile Conservation Fellow Talk

    Occurs on the second Sunday of every month. Next Occurs on Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 2:00pm2:45pm.

    Learn about the process and decision making of textile conservation from the Mellon Foundation Fellow with examples from current projects, and see completed treatments in the textile art galleries. More

  • Tapestry Video 4: Cleaning & Stabilizing

    Tapestry Video 4: Cleaning & Stabilizing

    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

  • Tapestry Video 3: A Plan for Repair

    Tapestry Video 3: A Plan for Repair

    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). More

  • Tapestry Video 2:  Discovering Symbols & Motifs

    Tapestry Video 2: Discovering Symbols & Motifs

    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). More

  • Tapestry Video 1: Clues about the Creation & Use

    Tapestry Video 1: Clues about the Creation & Use

    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). More