In March, New York City’s historic Park Avenue Armory will transform into a sea of red and white quilts. A special exhibit by the American Folk Art Museum entitled “Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts,”will feature over 650 textiles, the largest quilt exhibition ever to be displayed in the New York area. Running March 25-30, the exhibit will be free and open to the public.
The floor-to-ceiling showcase spans 300 years of quilt designs. “We have known that many red and white quilts were made during the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries, but this large collection allows us to study a much longer period of creativity using this color scheme and a much wider scope of design than was ever envisioned,” said Elizabeth V. Warren, guest curator.
Headed to NYC this weekend? Visit the American Folk Art Museum for the first of a two part quilting series. “Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum,” is currently on display through April 24, 2011. For a moving experience, take in the 9/11 National Tribute Quilt, continuously on view at the museum’s Lincoln Square branch.
American Folk Art Museum
45 West 53rd Street
Fridays: free after 5:30
2 Lincoln Square
Photo courtesy of Thinc Design