Wednesday, April 6, 2011

American Folk Art Museum: Quilt Exhibition and More

Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum is an exhibition on view through October 16, 2011. The announcement offers links to reviews and related media (e.g., a short video tour), as well as information about the exhibition catalog.

The museum's web site and publications highlight other forms of folk art. The Image Gallery includes early portraits, needlework and rugs, quilts and coverlets, furniture, and works by contemporary folk artists. Some of these images also appear in the exhibition catalog, American Anthem: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum (Henry N. Abrams, 2001).

American Radiance: The Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum (Henry N. Abrams, 2001). Four chapters in this exhibition catalog by Stacy C. Hollander are particularly noteworthy: "Singular Faces" includes more than 60 portraits (e.g., "Young Woman of the Folsom Family," at right); "Girls at School, Women at Home" features paintings by students, samplers, and a bedcover; "Pennsylvania and Beyond: Fraktur" showcases folk art drawings that document births, baptisms, and other special events among German Americans; and "Simple Gifts: The Shakers" offers images of three "gift drawings" by women. For additional information about gift drawings, see Sally L. Kitch, "'As a Sign That All May Understand': Shaker Gift Drawings and Female Spritiual Power," Winterthur Portfolio 24, no. 1 (1989): 1-28. 


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