First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

June 1, 2014–April 19, 2015

Houses and Pine Trees Quilt, unknown artist, American, 1890s. Cotton. Denver Art Museum Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Guido Goldman.

Myrtle M. Fortner (American, 1880-1966), The Matterhorn Quilt, 1934, cotton, Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Melvin Dorsett.

Competition Quilt, unknown artist, American, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, late 1800s, cotton, Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Guido Goldman.

Now Closed: June 1, 2014–Apr 19, 2015
Level 6 - North Building

A completely new exhibition in the textile art galleries features more than 20 quilts arranged in nine thematic groupings. Each section invites viewers to look closely at the different themes and variations. Visitors can discover common roots for motifs and patterns and creative differences in materials and techniques. More than half of the objects are recent acquisitions on view for the first time, while others, including The Matterhorn quilt (pictured below), are well-known treasures of the collection. Complementing the exhibition is Contemporary Takes on Traditional Patterns by 10 artists from Studio Art Quilts Associates whose quilts illustrate how traditions continue, evolve, and inspire.

While the overall graphic impact of each quilt is evident on first glance and even from a distance, a longer, closer, second look reveals details that provide insights about subtle creative choices in materials, construction, and ultimately, artistic concepts.

A fully illustrated exhibition companion catalog contains close ups and details of the quilts on view as well as additional information, comparative examples, and a brief history of the Denver Art Museum quilt collection. It is available at The Shop and online at