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related to First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection
    • Thanks to an IMLS Grant the DAM is Upgrading Textile Art Storage
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Thanks to an IMLS Grant the DAM is Upgrading Textile Art Storage

      Recently, the Denver Art Museum received a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help us improve how we store works of art in our textile art collection. Since preserving artworks in the collection is part of our mission, we are very excited that we will be installing new rolling screens that will improve storage and access for textile artworks. The new storage system will streamline preparation for the expanded calendar of textile art exhibitions, rotations, and programs. More

    • Conserving Shattered Silk in an Early 20th Century Souvenir Ribbon Quilt
      Blog: Conservation

      Conserving Shattered Silk in an Early 20th Century Souvenir Ribbon Quilt

      Lyrical, structured, bold, colorful, whimsical, meticulous, commemorative, and even “crazy," the quilts currently on display in First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection cover a staggering amount of design territory. Enticing the viewer’s eye to the back of the gallery is a striking grid of red and black interspersed with a rainbow of other colors. More

    • Thread Studio Artist Profiles
      Blog: Meet the Artist

      Thread Studio Artist Profiles

      This series introduces some of the fiber artists who conduct demonstrations in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio. More

    • Meet Thread Studio Demo Artist Paula Veschore
      Blog: Meet the Artist

      Meet Thread Studio Demo Artist Paula Veschore

      Spinner and textile artist Paula Veschore can find a project in anything. “Everything to me is an art project whether it’s weaving, gardening, or a bucket of rusty horse shoes,” she said.

      Veschore is one of seven demonstrating artists in the Thread Studio located on the sixth floor of the North Building in the Denver Art Museum. When demonstrating her craft in the museum, she uses a spinning wheel to transform raw materials into yarn. She uses this for various textile projects, including a complex knitted shawl. More

    • Behind the Collection Doors: Storing the Textile Art Collection at the Denver Art Museum
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Behind the Collection Doors: Storing the Textile Art Collection at the Denver Art Museum

      Last spring, the collections management department was busy preparing for the opening of the new textile art gallery and its inaugural exhibition, Cover Story, which features objects from the Denver Art Museum’s permanent textile art collection. In addition, the department also prepared the textile art permanent collection to be moved to a storage area near the gallery and preview spaces. More

    • Making Art Hands-On
      Blog: Making & Doing

      Making Art Hands-On

      Last month we hosted our first round of Tactile Tables in the Cover Story textile gallery. It was such a delight to finally watch visitors touch and interact with these objects, after months of planning. The development tactile programming is unique; here is a peek into the process. 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

    • Photos of 1800s Japanese Fireman's Coat
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Photos of 1800s Japanese Fireman's Coat

      One of our recent Artwork of the Week picks on Facebook, a Japanese fireman’s coat from the late 1800s or early 1900s, sparked much interest within our Facebook community. Due to the positive feedback and dialogue the DAM staff received, we thought we’d share additional information on this artwork, including detail photos of the coat. More

    • Spun is So Big You Can’t See It in One Visit
      Blog: Behind the Scenes

      Spun is So Big You Can’t See It in One Visit

      Here at the Denver Art Museum, we do things in a big way. In the summer of 2011 we presented a wide-ranging celebration of clay during Marvelous Mud. This summer, in the same spirit, we are opening a campus-wide exhibition called Spun: Adventures in Textiles. At the center of this textile celebration is the museum’s newly opened and renovated textile art galleries on level six of the North Building. More