[Detail: Unknown Navajo Artist, Poncho, circa 1850. Wool and dye. Denver Art Museum; Funds from Exeter Co., accumulated memorial funds, acquisition challenge grant and a partial gift of Robert S. Gast, Jr.]
Get ready to see the Denver Art Museum's myriad textiles -- post-war British furnishing fabrics, old indigo Japanese resist-dyed pieces, Navajo blankets, Qing Dynasty holdings and American quilts -- in a whole new light. DAM's textile art gallery has more than quadrupled in size and on May 19 the doors will open to nearly 7,000 square feet of exhibition and studio space. In celebration of this, curators have organized multiple shows as part of a campus-wide happening, Spun: Adventures in Textiles, which will run through September 22, 2013.
Fans of the Navajo aesthetic will want to check out Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870. Focusing on the most graphic period, the exhibition will include around 50 mid-19th-century blankets gathered from DAM'S permanent collection, private collectors and other institutions.
Learn about seven more concurrent shows here.