Michener Art Museum to host Celebration of Patchwork Art
Featuring internationally renowned artist Kaffe Fasset
DOYLESTOWN, PA – The James A. Michener Art Museum is excited to host Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK from November 14 through February 21. The Michener will be one of only two museum venues in the United States for this stellar exhibition, which is expected to be a blockbuster, and have supplemented it with extensive programming events and a sister exhibition, Pattern Pieces. Together, Blanket Statements and Pattern Pieces offer a celebration of patchwork and quilting, highlighting their status as art objects and as inspiration for other artistic mediums.
Blanket Statements features twenty new patchwork designs by the American-born, internationally known textile artist Kaffe Fassett, created in response to fifteen historical quilts, dating from 1780 to 1949, which he selected from the Quilter’s Guild collection. Although the exhibition comes to the Michener from the UK, Blanket Statements has strong local connections: three of the contemporary quilts were designed by Bucks County artisans (Judy Baldwin, Corienne Kramer, and Liza Lucy), and ten of them were crafted in the area under Fassett’s supervision. After their U.S. showings, the historical quilts featured in Blanket Statements will be archived in England and unavailable for public viewing.
Fassett is one of the most prolific and renowned patchwork artists of his time, garnering praise for revolutionizing quilt making with his bold and innovative use of vibrant color. His philosophy has inspired quilters and patchwork artists around the word to defy traditional quilting conventions and to embrace and explore color more fully. Fassett was born in San Francisco in 1937 and settled in England in 1964. He first ventured into the world of colorful yarn on a visit to a Scottish wool mill with fashion designer Bill Gibb. In 1988 he became the first living textile artists to have a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2013, Fassett was awarded the Turner Medal.
Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., the Michener’s Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator notes, “Kaffe Fassett possesses an incredible eye for color and design; his selection of the historical quilts and his stunning responses to them reflect that sensibility. Visitors who might not be attracted to textiles initially will find the patterns and color in these pieces breathtaking — and the fact that a number of the quilts were pieced in Bucks County adds an exciting dimension to the exhibition.”
Pattern Pieces examines pattern, shape and color in contemporary art as it relates to quilts and their long history as both utilitarian and artistic objects. Work included in Pattern Pieces spans across time and media, including collages by James A. Michener, wooden quilts made from salvaged materials gathered in the wake of Superstorm Sandy by Laura Petrovich-Cheney, and patterned paintings and installations by Alan Goldstein. This dynamic grouping of work by very different artists offers a unique look at the building blocks of visual art within the context of quilts in American art history.
Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK is generously supported by Visit Bucks County, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., and Penn Color, Inc. Additional support is provided by Bucks County Foundation, Silverman Family Partnerships, Harriet and Charles Ermentrout, Byrne Sewing Connection, and GloriousColor.com. In-kind media and promotional support is provided by Figmagazine.com and Mancuso Show Management.
About The James A. Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American Art, with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions, and offers a diverse program of educational activities that seek to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts as well as nurture a wide range of audiences. We also seek to educate our community about nationally and internationally known Bucks County artists of all creative disciplines. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm.
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