DAM’s big preservation grant
Starting in August, conservators at Denver Museum Art will begin restoring 12 mantas (or shawls) made by Acoma Pueblo artists between 1936 and 1983. The work, supported by a Bank of America Art Conversation Project grant, will help preserve one of the museum’s most culturally significant collections, officials said in a press statement. The dollar amount was not available.
“The textiles exhibit a range of condition issues that significantly impact their appearance, prevent their safe display, and threaten their long-term preservation,” according to the press statement. “If not addressed, their damage and soiling will contribute to fiber degradation and increase the risk of pest activity.”
The conservation project will be conducted on-site at the museum and is expected to be complete by May 2022. denverartmuseum.org
Lerner, post-MCA Denver, heads to Palm Springs
Adam Lerner, who led the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver to national recognition during his decade-long tenure, last week was named executive director of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Lerner will begin his new position July 15, having served as the Mark G. Falcone Director and Chief Animator of MCA Denver from 2009 until 2019. Jane Emison, board chair at the Palm Springs Art Museum, called Lerner one of the art world’s most respected curators and the ideal person to lead the museum’s evolution.
“I’m particularly inspired by Adam’s reputation for being an extraordinary mentor who nurtures talent among his staff,” she said in a press statement. Lerner and his partner, Melissa Shelton, will begin living in Palms Springs beginning in August. psmuseum.org
Swallow Hill, Telluride Film staff moves
Alicia “Bruce” Trujillo this month will join folk-mainstay Swallow Hill Music as concert director, the nonprofit announced last week. Trujillo, as well-known personality and diverse-music advocate at Colorado Public Radio’s Indie 102.3-FM, will lead the nonprofit’s concert department starting in July, according to a press statement.
The on-air host and assistant program director at Indie 102.3 said Swallow Hill is “an institution in the Denver community, and I can continue to expand and promote the live music aspect of the organization to be inclusive, diverse, entertaining, and sustainable” (swallowhillmusic.org).
Also last week: The 48th Telluride Film Festival named director Barry Jenkins (the Oscar-winning “Moonlight”) as its 2021 guest director. The world-renowned event, which returns with in-person events Sept. 2-6 in Telluride, will keep Jenkins’ film selections — as well as the overall lineup — a secret until the event’s opening day, following the fest’s years-long tradition. telluridefilmfestival.org
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