Thursday, January 29, 2009

Quilts at the American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum in New York City will have three shows dedicated to quilts this year.

The current exhibition “Recycling and Resourcefulness: Quilts of the 1930s” showcases twelve Depression-era quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. According to the AFAM's website, the quilts are shown alongside "works from the American Folk Art Museum's collection that further explore the theme of recycling, such as the Wonderbread Rug, woven from plastic Wonderbread bags; Baby Blanket, made up entirely of condoms in aluminum wrappers; tramp art made from cigar boxes; bottle-cap figures; and quilts made from men's clothing fabrics and patriotic silk ribbons." From The New Yorker Goings On About Town Art listing for January 19, 2009,
Flour and feed sacks, worn work clothes, and dressmaking leftovers construct geometric Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Chinese Fan, and Postage Stamp patterns. Even more eye-catching are the crazy quilts, including a denim-heavy “britchy” quilt sewn by Catherine Somerville of Aliceville, Alabama, and a severe coverlet of black woollen suiting fabrics stitched with running lines of feathery white, signed and dated “Ella 1922.”
The exhibition will be on view through March 15th at the museum's branch location at 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). For more information, please call 212. 595. 9533.

"Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition--Contemporary African American Quilts" opens March 24, 2009 and runs through August 23, also at the Lincoln Square branch. This exhibit displays over sixty quilts by members of the Women of Color Quilters Network. It's currently at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York, through March 1, 2009, alongside My Brothers' Thread: Fiber Works by and for Men of the African Diaspora.

Finally, "Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern" opens at the AFAM April 21, 2009, and runs through September 13, 2009. Nadelstern is a world-renowned quilter. Her quilt "Kaleidoscopic XVI: More is More" was named one of the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century.

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