art exhibits

Spun: Adventures in Textiles

When: May 19-Sept. 22 2013

From the 1940s to the '70s, Seydou Keïta was the portrait photographer in Bamako, Mali. Keïta's work captured not only the personalities of his subjects, but also the culture of Mali as it emerged as an independent country and slowly westernized. This is apparent in his sitters' garments; men were first to adopt Western-style suits, and in the '60s women began to don dresses and skirts over traditional robes. In his work you can track change and heritage via textiles, and that's the idea behind Spun: Adventures in Textiles, up through Sept. 22 at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, denverartmuseum.org). Whether it's Navajo blankets, depictions of cloth in paint or tapestries, Spun covers it, museum-wide. Tickets are free for members and $3 to $13 for nonmembers. — Edie Adelstein

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