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.
News & Stories
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
At Untitled #61 (Harvest) on September 27, help us harvest a crochet coral reef and crocheted flowers and critters from the Ladies Fancywork Society’s Garden of the DAM(ed), as well as live plants from the Dye Garden. More
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
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