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Denver Art Museum: Red, White & Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870

Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870, at the Denver Art Museum until 22 September 2013, presents about 50 of the greatest examples of Navajo design expression. Drawing from the DAM collections, other museums, and private collections, this exhibition delight visitors with the bold use of colour and sophisticated design sensibilities. Showing works created as prestige shoulder blankets, the exhibition explores the designer’s eye in pattern development and layout, highlighting the effect the textile would have as it was worn draped around a human form to enhance the stature and visibility of the wearer. Red, White and Bold is part of the Denver Art Museum’s campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles.

Navajo poncho, ca. 1850. Denver Art Museum

Navajo poncho, ca. 1850. Denver Art Museum; Funds from Exeter Co., accumulated memorial funds, acquisition challenge grant and a partial gift of Robert S. Gast, Jr.

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