Sunday, October 3, 2010

FYI: Early American and African American exhibits open in October

Early American Quilts Exhibition at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

A traveling exhibit of the world’s finest collections of early American quilts will come to rest at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from October 9, 2010, through January 2 of 2011.

The exhibit originates from the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, famed for its period room settings featuring the remarkable collection of furniture, fabrics, quilts, and decorative arts collected by Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969).

This is a first.

For the first time ever a selection of more than 40 of the most stunning quilts are traveling for a strictly limited period. Visitors have the opportunity to see these works in detail.

Perhaps just as exciting, the exhibition also explores the lives of their makers, as well as the political, economic and technological developments that shaped production of the quilts. The exhibition will offer an absorbing insight into women’s political, social, and cultural lives in the formative period of the early American republic (1760–1850).

"American Quilts" also includes several rare prototypes of bed coverings that were imported to this country as luxury goods from Europe and East India.

American Quilts: Selections from the Winterthur Collection is organized by Winterthur and curated by Linda Eaton, Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur. This exhibition is supported by the Elisabeth Shelton Gottwald Fund and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Exhibition Endowment.

VMFA members can enjoy this for free! Otherwise, tickets are $15 for adults. For Seniors 65+, students with ID, adult groups of 10+, and youth ages 7–17: $12 Children 6 and under: Free. Buy tickets online, on-site, or by calling 804.340.1405

New England Quilt Museum to Open
African-American Quilts Exhibit

The New England Quilt Museum, a showplace for contemporary quilts will feature a new exhibit: African American Quilts Today: A Celebration of Motherhood, Sisterhood, and the Matriarchs

The exhibit features the work of noted contemporary African American Quilt artists Sonie Ruffin, NedRa Bonds, Sherry Whetstone and Michele David. The quilts include a variety of themes, styles, and techniques that were inspired by family, friendship, religious and spiritual issues that resonate with women of all generations. Dr. Pearlie M. Johnson, whose scholarship examines the work of these artists, is guest curator.

She notes, “The ways in which the four fabric artists juxtapose African fabrics with American fabrics has produced works of art that, in some cases, resemble multi-pattern designs in traditional West African textiles. Building upon the quilting traditions established by their ancestors, contemporary African American quilters are producing fabric art that expresses ideas related to contemporary society, a society in which they grew up, live, and work.”

African-American Quilts Today will run from October 21 through December 31, 2010. The opening reception, featuring a program by Dr. Pearlie Johnson, will be on Saturday, October 23rd at 1 p.m. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Museum will host two trunk shows: Sisters in Fibers Guild on Saturday, November 6, starting at 1 p.m, and the Sisters in Stitches guild the following Saturday, November 13, also starting at 1 p.m.

This announcement is brought to you courtesy of Quilter’s Muse Publications

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