Spun: Adventures in Textiles

May 19, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

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Closed: May 19, 2013–Sep 22, 2013
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Find a list of the numerous DAM collection-inspired Spun exhibitions below and other Spun programming in the Related Events area box.

"Every piece is a gem...." – Michael Paglia, Westword

"It's enough for multiple visits this summer." – Ray Rinaldi, The Denver Post

"Spun is an amazing exhibit, taking you around the world and through history in fabric." – Greg Moody, CBS4

The Denver Art Museum takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography in the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles.

The museum’s newly opened and renovated textile art galleries and its inaugural show Cover Story are at the heart of this campus-wide event.

Spun also features special in-gallery moments, like a stunning seventeenth-century painting by the Master of the Blue Jeans and Flash of Red, Glint of Gold: Woven Riches of South America, which showcases vivid, multidimensional works created by South American artists in workshops separated by hundreds of miles and more than five centuries of history.

There also is extensive programming encouraging visitors to join in the exploration of this vibrant medium, including a drop-in Quilt Studio, collaborative projects with artists and creative groups, new in-gallery opportunities supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef project, a dye garden, and an artist-in-residency with Marie Watt.

Spun: Adventures in Textiles is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Funding is provided by PB&K Family Foundation, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Spun education programming is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.

Things to Do

  • PreVIEW Open Window
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    PreVIEW Open Window

    Occurs every Wednesday. Next Occurs on Wednesday, September 28, 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

  • Stories and Secrets in Cover Story
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    Stories and Secrets in Cover Story

    I will be the first to admit that I am not the best at “careful looking.” I can miss entire herds of deer on the side of the road or a lone pothole smack dab in the middle of the sidewalk. On a recent visit to the new textile art galleries with curator Alice Zrebiec, I benefitted from her incredible attention to detail. Cover Story, the inaugural exhibition in the new galleries, holds treasures from the museum’s collection and offers fun facts about how the world uses textiles. More

Related Exhibitions

  • Cover Story
    Exhibition

    Cover Story

    May 19, 2013–Apr 27, 2014

    La Historia de Portada, ha sido presentada en la exhibición inaugural de las nuevas galerías de arte textil los objetos en ella exhibidos reflejan las diferentes áreas geográficas y la diversidad de los textiles que forman parte de la colección permanente del Denver Art Museum. More

  • Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art
    Exhibition

    Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art

    May 19, 2013–Nov 16, 2014

    Drawing from the Denver Art Museum’s extensive Spanish colonial art collection, Fashion Fusion looks at the influence textile motif’s have had on other artistic mediums.

    Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870
    Exhibition

    Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870

    May 19, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

    While Navajo artists have been creating eye catching textiles since the late 1600s, the middle of the 1800s saw an explosion of color & design elaboration. This exhibition will present about 50 of the greatest examples of Navajo design expression.

    Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870 is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Cover Story
    Exhibition

    Cover Story

    May 19, 2013–Apr 27, 2014

    Featured in the inaugural show for the new textile art galleries, the objects in Cover Story mirror the diverse geographical areas and range of textiles found in the Denver Art Museum's permanent collection. More

  • Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870
    Exhibition

    Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870

    May 19, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

    While Navajo artists have been creating eye catching textiles since the late 1600s, the middle of the 1800s saw an explosion of color & design elaboration. This exhibition will present about 50 of the greatest examples of Navajo design expression.

    Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870 is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag
    Exhibition

    Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag

    May 19, 2013–Nov 3, 2013

    This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view original works on paper alongside Czech-born Jacqueline Groag's lively, bold designs for furnishing textiles, dress fabrics, laminates and other decorative surfaces. More

  • Material World
    Exhibition

    Material World

    May 19, 2013–Jan 4, 2015

    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. More

  • Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012
    Exhibition

    Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012

    May 19, 2013–Nov 3, 2013

    A selection of more than 30 drawings and sculptures by Denver-based artist Bruce Price will be featured in our works-on-paper gallery. More

  • Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art
    Exhibition

    Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art

    May 19, 2013–Nov 16, 2014

    Drawing from the Denver Art Museum’s extensive Spanish colonial art collection, Fashion Fusion looks at the influence textile motif’s have had on other artistic mediums. More

  • Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander & Seydou Keïta
    Exhibition

    Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander & Seydou Keïta

    May 19, 2013–Oct 27, 2013

    This exhibition will feature the work of two twentieth-century photographers, August Sander and Seydou Keïta, whose work documented transformations in their respective countries through portraiture of everyday citizens. More

  • Cuppetelli & Mendoza: Transposition
    Exhibition

    Cuppetelli & Mendoza: Transposition

    May 19, 2013–Dec 1, 2013

    A collaboration between artists Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, Cuppetelli and Mendoza: Transposition is a site-specific installation that explores the intersection between traditional craft and digital technology. The artwork consists of elastic ropes that are illuminated by software driven video projections. More

  • Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype
    Exhibition

    Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype

    May 19, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

    Western Duds explores the importance of textiles in the colorful history of the American West. The exhibition highlights four paintings paired with the uniquely western textiles they portray and celebrates western clothing and accessories as sources of artistic inspiration.

    Western Duds is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More

  • Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia
    Exhibition

    Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia

    May 19, 2013–Oct 20, 2013

    The use of resist-dye techniques is found in many Asian countries. This exhibition highlights eye-dazzling textiles from various cultural traditions, including weavings from Uzbekistan and Japan. Several of the garments in the exhibition are made with ikat—fabrics with patterns created by dyeing the threads before they are woven into cloth.

    Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. More