The collections of the department of textile art and fashion encompass over 5,000 objects from Asia, Europe, North and South America, and range from archeological textiles to contemporary works of art in fiber.
During the Martin Building renovation project, the textile art and fashion galleries are closed. Please view select pieces from the Denver Art Museum’s textile art and fashion collection in the cross-departmental exhibition The Light Show.
EXPLORE THE COLLECTION ONLINE: Browse artworks from the textile art and fashion collection anytime. Check back often for additions and updates.
Notable aspects of the textile art collection include:
- An internationally recognized collection of more than 300 American quilts. These include Indiana Wreath quilt, by Charlotte Jane Whitehill (1866-1964), and The Matterhorn quilt by Myrtle M. Fortner (1880-1966), Both were honored as being among the 100 best quilts of the 1900s.
- The Julia Wolf Glasser collection, given by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Grimes, comprises more than 100 samplers, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and made in Europe, North and South America.
- The Charlotte Hill Grant collection of more than 600 Chinese textiles, court robes, and accessories—primarily late Qing Dynasty—acquired by Mrs. Grant in China in the 1920s and 1930s, and subsequently gifted to the museum by her children, James P. Grant and Betty Austin Grant, in 1977.
- Ecclesiastical vestments and textiles from the Renaissance to the 1900s, particularly the gift of Rev. John Krenzke.
News & Stories
Altarpiece, gifted to the Denver Art Museum by Yoko Ono, is considered Keith Haring’s final work, executed weeks before the artist died of AIDS on February 16, 1990. It serves as a testament to the power of creativity and the artist’s willingness to share his vision even as he was mortally ill. More
On Saturday, February 23, artists, scholars, and curators will meet at the Denver Art Museum for a symposium on Who Owns Culture? Appropriation & Appreciation in the Global Art World. As a global art museum with artworks from many cultures around the world, the DAM is proud to contribute to this complex and ongoing discussion. More
1. Take a ‘vacation’ at the DAM
Winter break at the DAM is still on through January 6, 2019, so stop by for family fun. The Print Studio, gallery activities, A Walk in the Woods family space, and two Create-n-Takes are open every day. More
Aunque existen muchísimas razones para compartir su tiempo y crear experiencias inolvidables con sus seres queridos en el mes de diciembre en el Denver Art Museum, solamente señalaré 10 de ellas.
1. El Denver Art Museum es el mejor lugar para disfrutar las Vacaciones de Invierno (del 22 de diciembre, 2018 al 6 de enero, 2019) y de las actividades bilingües gratuitas para TODA la familia (y sus amigos y visitas) y que incluyen: More
Ashley Nason will be in the Print Studio demonstrating screen print on lithography November 17-18.
The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.
Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More
Publications by and about the textile art department include:
- Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s. Florence Müller with foreword by Christoph Heinrich and biographies by Jane Burke. Denver Art Museum, 2016.
- Companion to First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection. Alice M. Zrebiec. Denver Art Museum, 2014.
- Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty. Alice M. Zrebiec. Denver Art Museum, 2013.
- Yves Saint Laurent. Florence Müller and Farid Chenoune. New York: Abrams, 2010.
- American Patchwork Quilt: The Denver Art Museum Collection. Tokyo: Kokusai Art, 1986.
- Secret Splendors of the Chinese Court: Qing Dynasty Textiles from the Charlotte Hill Grant Collection. Denver: Denver Art Museum, 1981.
- Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion
- Jane Burke, Senior Curatorial Assistant of Textile Art and Fashion
- Stefania Van Dyke, Senior Interpretive Specialist
- Allison McCloskey, Associate Conservator of Textiles
- Emma Schmitt, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Textile Conservation
- Dr. Alice M. Zrebiec, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art 2012-2015 (consulting curator 1996-2012)
- Imelda G. DeGraw, Curator 1965-1992
- Lydia Roberts Dunham, Curator 1955-1962