Spun: Adventures in Textiles, the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) newest exhibition, is on view through September 22. At the heart of Spun—a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to Navajo blankets to an examination of how contemporary artists are working with fabric—is the museum’s new textile art galleries, debuting with the inaugural show Cover Story. An additional ten exhibitions, drawn from or inspired by the DAM’s permanent collections, as well as such special in-gallery moments as a stunning 17th century painting by the Master of the Blue Jeans and an ornate tapestry woven in the 1600s, add to the campus-wide celebration.
Follow the thread
A full range of programming will encourage visitors to join in the exploration of this vibrant medium, including a drop-in Quilt Studio, collaborative projects with artists and creative groups, curator talks, demonstrations and workshops, the Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef Project, a pop-up dye garden and an artist-in-residency with Marie Watt.
In the Quilt Studio, visitors can explore the innovative world of contemporary quilting and immerse themselves in the creative process. Weekend demonstrations by local artists will provide a behind-the-scenes look at quilting practices and encourage visitors to try their hand at assorted techniques.
June schedule: Saturday & Sunday, noon–3 p.m.
- June 1 and 2, 8 and 9: Amy Gibson — modern quilting
- June 15 and 16: Mary Lassiter — paper piecing
- June 22 and 23: Artie Johnson — string quilting
- June 29 and 30: Tamara Leberer — silk and wool fusion fiber art
On Martin Plaza outside the Hamilton Building, the Pop-up Dye Garden is now planted. Inspired by the DAM’s textile collection, the garden celebrates the bright dye colors produced from plants that can grow in your own backyard. Visit the Dye Garden as it grows throughout the summer to pick up new planting ideas and think creatively about natural color for your own projects.
Untitled #58 (Getup)
June 28, 6–10 p.m.
Outfit your night at Untitled #58 (Getup)! Take a look at how the west was worn as DAM staff pair paintings with period artifacts and Nick Cave’s Soundsuits invade the museum with musical and dance performances.
Ticket packages for the live performance will go on sale June 4 at 10 a.m. for DAM members and June 4 at noon for nonmembers. Ticket packages include admission to Untitled #58 (Getup), admission to Nick Cave: Sojourn and a seat at the performance. Packages are free for DAM members and $15 for nonmembers; everyone must reserve a spot online at www.denverartmuseum.org or by calling 720-913-0130.
All Untitled activities except the performance are included with general admission, which is two-for-one with valid student ID during the event. Cash bar. Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Conversations with Curators
June 7, 4 p.m. — Master of the Blue Jeans
June 21, 4 p.m. — Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag
Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of every month. This summer, additional Conversations with Curators will be scheduled as part of Spun.
On June 7, Angelica Daneo will present a work by the Master of the Blue Jeans, whose depiction of the very recognizable fabric in the context of a 17th century old master may surprise visitors. Meet on level 6 of the North Building. On June 21, Darrin Alfred will give a gallery talk on Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag. Czech-born Jacqueline Groag was one of the most versatile women designers of the post-World War II period in Britain. Meet on level 2 of the North Building. Conversations with Curators are included in general admission; reservations are not required.
Design a Block for the Spun Community Quilt
First drop-off date is June 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; other dates to be announced
Design a 2-feet-wide-by-3-feet-tall fabric or textile block for a larger-than-life-size community quilt that will hang in the Hamilton Building atrium as part of Spun: Adventures in Textiles.
Tell your personal or collective story using artwork, mementos, knickknacks and other items—almost anything you can attach to a fabric ground. Blocks can be individual creations or collaborative projects. Submit the pre-registration form (available on the museum website) by 3 p.m. the day before dropping off your submission at the DAM’s Hamilton Building loading dock. Submissions will not be returned and due to limited space not all submissions will be included. Submission guidelines and a list of off-limits materials is available on the museum website.
DAM Offers Free General Admission through Blue Star Museums Program
May 27–September 2, 2013
The DAM is participating again this year in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free general admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. Visit www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums for a full list of participating museums.
Opening in June
Nick Cave: Sojourn
June 9, 2013–September 22, 2013
Taking visitors on a journey through the artist’s imagination, Nick Cave: Sojourn will feature approximately 40 new artworks. Cave’s multisensory, immersive installation will transport visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound and movement. The exhibition will include a passageway constructed of thousands of buttons; large-scale, sculptural objects made out of found objects; more than 20 new Soundsuits; and new short films. Described as textiles-meet-modern dance, Cave’s colorful, larger-than-life sculptures have been displayed in museums and many of the Soundsuits have been worn by Cave and other professional dancers as part of performances. A special ticket is required for Nick Cave: Sojourn; the exhibition is free for museum members.
Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s
June 23–September 29, 2013
Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s traces the development of the artist’s work during the most critical decade of his career. In the early ’40s, Rothko rejected realism and began a series of abstract works meant to evoke classical myth; in the late ’40s he created his first color field paintings, the works on which his stature as one of the most famous American painters of the post-war period rests. The exhibition also includes paintings by other celebrated abstract expressionists such as Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still and Jackson Pollock, who shared Rothko’s search toward total abstraction. Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s is included in general admission.
Family Fun in June
Create Playdate: Stretch
June 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Drop in with your 3- to 5-year-olds on the second Wednesday of June and join us for story time in the gallery and fun with fabrics. Create Playdates are included with general admission; children 5 and younger are free. No reservations are required. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0130.
June 9, 10 a.m.–noon
Families with little ones are invited to join us for Totspot Sunday on the second Sunday of every month. In collaboration with Buntport Theater, experience in-gallery performances at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m., then check out all of the other activities available to families in the museum. Free with general admission; children 5 and younger are free. No reservations are required. For more information, e-mail email@example.com call 720-913-0130.
June 16, 1–4 p.m.
¡Bienvenidos al CelebrARTE! Bring toda la familia and drop in to the DAM’s monthly, bilingual program. We all have special outfits that say something about us. ¿Cúal es tu traje preferido? What’s your favorite outfit? Put it on, share your story and see all the special clothes we wear. All CelebrARTE activities are included with general admission. Find the fiesta throughout the DAM. For more information, contact Madalena Salazar at 720-913-0054.
Free First Saturday
June 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy the museum’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).