Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Infinite Variety quilt exhibit
The "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts" exhibit was sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum and features 650 quilts owned by Joanna Semel Rose. This exhibit was held at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC on March 25-30, 2011. This event was free, and you could take as many pictures as you wanted, in fact they even having a photo contest for the best photos taken at the event.
The exhibit is just visually stunning and overwhelming! If you are used to regular quilt shows this may disorient you a bit, as not all the quilts are at eye level. Some you are able to examine close up, but others are a couple stories above you. This is definitely not a linear show. Everything is in circles and at different heights and angles.
Sue and I went down for the opening day and even though we were not there long, I ended up taking over 100 photos. I am sharing some of the overall shots I took, I also took a lot of photos of individual quilts. And I am still sure that if we had stayed longer we would keep noticing new quilts we somehow had not noticed in our previous viewings. There is so much to look at all angles it is unbelievable. This was definitely worth a special trip into the city.
This event has broke the mold and has set a new paradigm for showing quilts.