Material World

May 19, 2013–Jan 4, 2015

Lucas Samaras, Reconstruction #20, 1977. Sewn fabrics; 87 x 85 in. Denver Art Museum; National Endowment for the Arts, Dayton Hudson Foundation, Alliance for Contemporary Art M/M Edward Strauss, M/M Donald S. Graham, and anonymous donor, © the artist. Detail.

Chuck Close, Lucas/Rug, 1993. Silk and linen; 80 x 66-3/4 in. Denver Art Museum; Funds from 1994 Alliance for Contemporary Art Auction, © the artist.

Agustina Woodgate, No Rain No Rainbows, 2011. Stuffed animal skins and thread; 114 x 192 in. Lent by the artist. © the artist; Courtesy Spinello Projects, Miami.

Material World, at the Denver Art Museum

Material World, at the Denver Art Museum

Material World, at the Denver Art Museum

Material World, at the Denver Art Museum

Material World, at the Denver Art Museum

Material World, at the Denver Art Museum

Material World, at the Denver Art Museum

about

Closed: May 19, 2013–Jan 4, 2015
Hamilton Building - Level 4

From recycled plastics and bound clothing to woven silks and charred tree limbs, Material World illustrates the wide range of materials and techniques used by contemporary artists. Largely drawn from the museum’s collection, with key loans from local collections, this exhibition illustrates the inventiveness of artists from many cultures and geographies. This group of emerging and internationally recognized artists pushes traditional notions of textile art, sculpture, painting, photography, and installation art to new limits.

Sometimes subversive in their use of materials, the artists in this exhibition address issues such as natural disasters, environmental waste, urban sprawl, and gender inequality as they further challenge our concepts of what art can be.

Recent acquisitions by Shinique Smith, Leonardo Drew, Tucker Nichols, and Ernesto Neto will be on view for the first time ever.

Material World was part of the summer 2013 campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles.

Spun: Adventures in Textiles is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Funding is provided by the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Material World is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Funding is provided by Vicki and Kent Logan, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Things to Do

  • PreVIEW Open Window
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    PreVIEW Open Window

    Occurs every Wednesday. Next Occurs on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10:30am12:00pm.

    Stop by for PREVIEW Open Window on Wednesday from 10:30 am-noon. More

News & Stories

  • New on the DAM Calendar: Textile Talks & Workshops
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    New on the DAM Calendar: Textile Talks & Workshops

    Our celebration of textiles this year continues now that we have launched several more exciting projects at the DAM–the Thread Studio, a brand new textile gallery, and the opening of PreVIEW. The special spaces you may have discovered during Spun are still on view and now offer a suite of regular programming. More

  • DAM Grown: A Day at the Pop-up Dye Garden
    Blog: Don't Miss

    DAM Grown: A Day at the Pop-up Dye Garden

    Our Pop-up Dye Garden (part of Spun: Adventures in Textiles) has weathered the Colorado summer and is still growing and blooming on the Martin Plaza! The colorful plaza oasis will be up until September 27, so there is still time to take a peek at what has sprouted over the past few months. You may be surprised to see that many of the dye plants in the DAM’s dye garden are already growing in your backyard. More

  • Spun is So Big You Can’t See It in One Visit
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    Spun is So Big You Can’t See It in One Visit

    Here at the Denver Art Museum, we do things in a big way. In the summer of 2011 we presented a wide-ranging celebration of clay during Marvelous Mud. This summer, in the same spirit, we are opening a campus-wide exhibition called Spun: Adventures in Textiles. At the center of this textile celebration is the museum’s newly opened and renovated textile art galleries on level six of the North Building. More