no boundaries: fiber + art. Most of the modern and contemporary pieces at the Denver Art Museum are in storage, awaiting their places in the new building. But there is a small exhibit, no boundaries: art + fiber, on view in the sixth-floor Neusteter Textile Gallery that's composed of material that's either modern or contemporary. The DAM's textile curator, Alice Zrebiec, conceived the exhibit, and she only had to go to the museum's permanent collection to find all of the great pieces. There are many striking things in no boundaries, but foremost among these is a French-tapestry version of a cubist painting by Albert Gleizes. Another piece with roots in modernist abstraction is a Navajo weaving by Sadie Curtis, based on a sketch by Kenneth Noland, which is also in the show. (The Noland is part of a larger group of DAM-owned weavings based on famous artists' work; Zrebiec would like to do a future show of those.) Okada Tadashi, Chuck Close, Lucas Samaras and Magdalena Abakanowicz are among the other artists represented. Through July 10 at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000.
2005 BIENNIAL BLOW OUT. This is the third in a series of biennials presented at Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art. In the past, participation in these biennials was limited to artists from around here; for the 2005 version, it's been expanded to include artists working in most of the Western states. Despite this, artists from Colorado still dominate the show: Six of the ten chosen by celebrity juror Kenny Schachter live in our state. These six, all from Denver, are Louisa Armbrust, who's exhibiting drawings; Patti Hallock, color photos; Susan Meyer, an installation; Jason Patz, color photos; David Sharpe, pinhole photos; and Jeff Starr, ceramic sculptures. Sherlock Terry from New Mexico is showing lenticular photos. The other three, all from Arizona, are: Angela Ellsworth, embroidered drawings; Denis Gillingwater, installation with video; and Jessica James Lansdon, a mixed-media installation. Controversies aside, the show looks great. On Friday, July 8, there's a members' only event from 5 to 6 p.m. with a public reception set for 6 to 9 p.m. ($5 at the door.) Through September 25 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 1275 19th Street, 303-298-7554.