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The IFF is pleased to announce that our Crochet Coral Reef Traveling Exhibition is part of the big museum-wide fiber arts show SPUN:Adventures in Textiles,  at the Denver Art Museum

Exhibition Dates: May 19 – September 22, 2013

Exhibition Website: denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions

The Denver Art Museum. Photo © IFF Archives

Over summer, the Denver Art Museum is devoting itself to a museum-wide celebration of fiber arts. Titled SPUN:Adventures in Textiles, the show is the largest suite of exhibitions the museum has ever mounted. It engaged the energies of 14 curators. Different exhibits are housed throughout the vast Daniel Leibskind-designed complex. Highlights include a superb exhibition of Navajo blankets Red, White and Bold, and Cover Story, a wide-ranging collection of textile pieces from the Museum's permanent collection, including a magnificent selection of traditional American Indian outfits.

The IFF's Crochet Coral Reef Traveling Exhibition is staged throughout the museum. 

Participating artists from the IFF's Core Reef Crafters include:

Margaret and Christine Wertheim (CA),Sarah Simons (CA), Evelyn Hardin (TX), Anna Mayer (CA), Marcos Siref (CA) Helle Jorgensen (Australia), Pamela Stiles (NY), Irene Lundgaard (Ireland), Gunta Jekabsone (Latvia), Lynn Latta (CA), Pamela Stiles (NY), Barbara Van Elsen (NY), Jane Canby (AZ), Dagma Frinta (NY), Sue Ohlsen (PA), Rebecca Peapples (MI), Nadia Severns (NY), Vanessa L. Garcia (CA), Marianne Midelburg (Australia), Helen Bernasconi (Australia), Shari Porter (CA), Allie Gerlach (CA), Anitra Menning (CA), Jane Canby (AZ), Quoin (Australia), Jill Schreier (NY), Vonda N. McIntyre (WA), Una Morrison (Ireland), Tane Clark (AZ), Nancy Yahrous (AZ), Scottsdale Reefers (AZ), Tija Viksna and the Latvian Reef Crafters (Latvia), workers at the Handcc Crochet Factory in Shantou (China), and thrift store doilies donated by Elizabeth Wertheim (Australia).
In addition, the Museum is staging several large-scale interactive experiences for visitors to collectively construct works during the show. A highlight of this public engagement is the Denver Satellite Reef, spearheaded by Museum's outreach staff Rose Eason and Jenna Madison. 

SPUN: Adventures in Textiles at the Denver Art Museum also features the exhibition, Material World,  highlighting artists whose work focuses on materiality. It includes work by Ernesto Neto and Shinique Smith, who is also represented in the TRASH exhibition at the New Children's Museum, San Diego, where the IFF's Midden Project is the centerpiece of a large interactive exhibit.

Five Pod World vitrinesfrom the IFF's Crochet Coral Reef Traveling Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, May 2013. Photo: IFF Archive

The Green Reef from the IFF's Crochet Coral Reef Traveling Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, May 2013. Photo: IFF Archive
With Voodoo Pile (at left) and Floret Grove (right) by Scottsdale Reef Crafters.

The Branched Anemone Garden from the IFF's Crochet Coral Reef Traveling Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, May 2013. Photo: IFF Archive
From the Collection of Lisa Yun Lee.

Pod World Plastic, from the IFF's Crochet Coral Reef Traveling Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, May 2013. Photo: IFF Archive
Featuring plastic bottle crochet trees by Nadia Severns and Plastic Bottle Anemone by Vanessa L. Garcia.