Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt EvolutionIn the Beitzel, Righter, and Project Galleries
February 24 – June 16, 2013
This exhibition traces the dramatic evolution of the North American quilt – in form, fashion, and function – from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day. Curated by Jean Burks Senior Curator at the Shelburne Museum, it provides a comprehensive view of the history of American quilts, examining their significance as cultural documents and showcasing their visual diversity and artistic excellence. Over thirty quilt masterpieces from public and private collections across the country are installed according to their originally intended function as bed coverings, articles of clothing, furniture accessories, wall decoration, and finally, three-dimensional floor sculpture. The objects illustrate a variety of techniques and traditional designs and represent different cultural styles and geographic areas. Included are exceptional pieces by Amish, Pennsylvania German, African American (Gee’s Bend), Native American, and Hawaiian quiltmakers, as well as some of the finest works by contemporary fiber artists such as Nancy Crow, Joan Lintault, Paula Nadelstern, and Luke Haynes. Beyond the Bed, on view at the Katonah Museum of Art from February 24 through June 16, 2013, is available to travel to two additional venues from July 2013 through early 2014.