(Until September 1) Quilts have been called “America’s great art experiment” for the rich variety of color, pattern, geometry, and themes made (mostly) by women for more than three centuries. The American Folk Art Museum has led a movement to acknowledge quilts and quilting as a major art form with deep roots in American life and experience. (If you were lucky enough to see it, the American Folk Art Museum took over the 55,000 square foot Drill Hall at the Armory for a spectacular show of red and white quilts in 2011 (learn more here).
With this intimate show, the Museum shows off its newest acquisition – a gift of twenty-one quilts from Werner and Karen Gundersheimer that introduces new patterns into the collection with fanciful names like “Drunkard’s Path.” Collected over decades by the couple travelling across the Midwest and South, the quilts are graphically striking examples that embody what the couple call “wall power,” combining visual punch and vibrant colors and patterns.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome – and the gift shop is awesome.
Photo: Drunkard’s Path quilt, artist unknown (Detail)