May 2013: Spun: Adventures in Textiles Opens, Untitled #57 (Darn), AAMD Day, Spring Shopping Event and Other Highlights

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to Navajo blankets to an examination of how contemporary artists are working with fabric in Spun: Adventures in Textile, on view May 19 through September 22. The museum’s newly opened and renovated textile art galleries, debuting with the inaugural show Cover Story, are at the heart of this campus-wide event.

The DAM’s permanent collections also inspired these Spun exhibitions:

  • Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840–1870 draws from the museum’s extensive collection of Navajo textiles and conveys the importance of color, pattern and an artist’s hand in the stunning cloths created during the high point of Navajo weaving.
  • Material World showcases work by contemporary artists who utilize fabric and related materials either directly or as a means of informing their art. New acquisitions by Shinique Smith, Leonardo Drew and Tucker Nichols will be on view for the first time.
  • Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia highlights the use of resist-dye techniques from several Asian countries examining cultural traditions.
  • Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag provides a rare opportunity to view original works on paper by one of the most versatile women designers of the post-WWII period, alongside her lively, bold designs for furnishing textiles, dress fabrics, laminates and other decorative surfaces.
  • Common Threads: Portraits by August Sander and Seydou Keïta allows for comparison of two bodies of work that documented social transformations in their respective countries through portraiture of everyday citizens.
  • Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art looks at the influence textile motifs have had on other artistic mediums.
  • Transpositionis a collaboration between Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza that explores the intersection of craft and technology. The artwork consists of physical elastic ropes that are illuminated by glowing virtual strings. Interacting with this artwork, visitors can discover the relationship between textile, movement and technology
  • Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012 offers a selection of Price's works, which experiment with non-traditional drawing and collage.
  • Western Duds: How Clothing Helped Create an Archetype: Western Duds explores the importance of textiles in the colorful history of the American West. From blue jeans to serapes, western “duds” (clothing) are as recognizably western as the iconic characters who wore them. The exhibition highlights four paintings paired with the uniquely western textiles they portray and celebrates western clothing and accessories as sources of artistic inspiration.
  • Flash of Red, Glint of Gold: Woven Riches of South America showcases vivid, multidimensional works created in workshops separated by hundreds of miles and more than five centuries of history.
  • Spun also features special in-gallery moments, like a stunning 17th century painting by the Master of the Blue Jeans.

Extensive 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, 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. On view May 19 through September 22, 2013, Spun: Adventures in Textiles is included in museum admission.

Quilt Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

May 19–September 22, 2013

Visitors can explore the innovative world of contemporary quilting and immerse themselves in the creative process in the Quilt Studio. 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. Included in museum admission, no reservations required.

Weekend Demonstration Schedule in May, noon–3 pm

May 18–19: Kate Cox and Miriam Basart

May 25–26: Amy Gibson

Untitled #57 (Darn)

May 31, 6–10 p.m.

Untitled #57 (Darn) is about misprints, mistakes, mending and moving on. A DAM staff member gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the new conservation lab and chats about techniques used to repair specific artworks. Pick up some mending skills in a community-led textile repair workshop. Untitled is included with museum 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

May 3, 4 p.m. — Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams

May 24, 4 p.m. — Cover Story

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: Adventures in Textiles. On May 3, meet Nicole Parks, co-curator of Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams exhibition, and discuss these works created by one of the finest Colorado landscape painters.

On May 24, Alice Zrebiec, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art, gives a guided tour of Cover Story, the inaugural exhibition for the new, greatly expanded textile art gallery. Included in museum admission; no reservations required. Meet on level one of the Hamilton Building. For more information, call 720-913-0130.

AAMD Art Museum Day 2013

May 23, 10:30 a.m.

For the fourth annual AAMD (Association of Art Museum Directors) Art Museum Day, the DAM is hosting an Art and About Tour focused on the museum’s special exhibition Cover Story. Art and About Tours are specially designed for visitors with dementia and their care partners. Participants experience and discuss art together on a tour led by a specially trained guide.

According to the Colorado Alzheimer's Association, people with Alzheimer's tend to become isolated from society as they fall deeper under the effects of the disease. To help fight that, the Association and the DAM have teamed up to offer tours to keep people with Alzheimer's and dementia stay connected to the community.

At the heart of the DAM’s campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles, Cover Story explores the myriad ways that textiles envelop, embellish and enrich human lives across centuries, continents and cultures.

Museum admission and the tour are free, but reservations are required. Contact Sharon Stokes at the Alzheimer’s Association, 303-813-1669.

Spring Shopping Event

May 3–5

Stop by the DAM for gifts to suit all tastes and budgets—and remember May 12 is Mother’s Day! The Spring Shopping Event will include a special jewelry trunk show on Friday and Saturday. DAM members save at least 20 percent off their purchase and can draw a discount to save even more. The Spring Shopping Event will be going on at both Museum Shops.

Luncheon By Design with Eric Cohler

May 8, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

The DAM and Design Council is proud to host an exclusive presentation by famed New York designer Eric Cohler. Acclaimed for his ability to fuse classical and contemporary elements and dubbed The Mixmaster by industry editors, Cohler’s interiors display layers of unusual texture, color and verve. Tickets are $150; reservations required. For tickets or questions, contact Design Council coordinator Marjorie Garner at 720-913-0044.

Logan Lecture: Dinh Q. Lê

May 15, 7:30 p.m.

A victim of the diaspora after the Vietnam War, Dinh Q. Lê has for the last two decades been largely influenced by identity politics and the challenge of assimilating into his native region after being raised and educated in the United States. He is perhaps best known for his photographic montages. Using a traditional Cambodian weaving technique, Lê weaves strips of c-prints of images from the Vietnam War, family portraits and found images to create works using this unique photographic technique. Tickets are $8 students and DAM volunteers, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 others. Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries.

Family Fun in May

Summer Camps and Classes

It’s not too late to sign up for summer kids classes at the DAM! There is space available in several classes for kids ages 4–5, including One Big Happy Family, Seymour and Friends, Out of This World and Wild Things, as well as for kids ages 9–11, including Facetime in the Museum, Secrets from the Artists and Worlds of Watercolor. You can still sign up for From Painting to Performance, a camp for older kids ages 12–15. For details or to register, visit the museum’s website at or call 720-913-0130.

Create Playdate: Dig

May 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your 3- to 5-year-olds and join us for games and story time celebrating digging and planting for spring. Create Playdates are included with general admission; children 5 and younger are free. No reservations are required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail

Totspot Sunday

May 12, 10 a.m.–noon

Families with little ones are invited to join us for Totspot Sunday on the second Sunday of every month to participate in special programming. 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 required. For more information, call 720-913-0130 or e-mail

CelebrARTE: Familia

May 19, 1–4 pm

¡Bienvenidos al CelebrARTE! Bring toda la familia and drop in to DAM’s monthly, bilingual program. Create art inspired by the most important people you know—your familia! Make an arbol de vida (tree of life) tapestry in the taller, and see the art through the cuentos of storyteller Angel Vigil. 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

May 4, 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).