Friday, January 15, 2016

Kaffe Fassett, Antique Quilts and other marvels at the Michener

Today's field trip, with three stitcher friends, to the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was a full day.  





The featured exhibit, Blanket Statements, was a group of antique quilts, largely from the UK, with statements and responses in quilt form, as mirror images, designed by Kaffe Fassett and executed by various quilters and finishers.

But on the way there, there were other galleries, read on
 


an exciting gallery of groundbreaking tent quilts, great fun, total energy by Virgil Marti





And there was a  gallery of wood pieces, largely reclaimed wood, some of it from debris of Hurricane Sandy, from which we are still far from recovered, some of them in quilt form by this artist. 






There was an enormous and wonderful installation created from painted trellis parts.  




I had to tear myself away to go see the exhibit we'd come for! these are only a few of the artworks on show






Here's my group, discussing the relative merits of the antique quilt at ground level and the Fassett response on the wall.

One of our readers tells me she saw the Fassett and antique exhibit in York Quilt Museum in the UK.  So now I've seen it here.  Fassett has a local connection, which is why we got lucky and this became one of only three locations in the US for the exhibit.  Still up till late February, it's worth the trip if you're anywhere in the region.

Michener, the novelist, philanthropist and traveler and for whom the museum is named, had an interest in Japanese art and landscaping, probably influenced by his Japanese wife (!) and this shows in a lot of the design of the museum galleries, including the Nakashima room, with shoji screens and Nakashima furniture,  and in the landscaping.  



Here there's a nod to nature, where fallen seed pods are left to blend with other plants, a quiet art form in itself. 

There is hardly anything that's better than spending time in the company of people who are knowledgeable about what you're looking at, and great company too.

1 comment:

margaret said...

good to see the quilts again, also other pieces very taken with the painted trellis