at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
A Century of African-American Quilts
This exhibit showcases eleven colorful and stunning quilts, half of which have never before been seen by the public, spanning more than a century after 1875. The quilts of African Americans varied widely, depending on the date, location or community, the purpose for which the quilt was made, and the personal artistic vision of the quiltmaker. The bold designs and brilliant colors of the quilts featured in the exhibition speak to a longstanding cultural and artistic tradition within which the women designed and created their quilts. Although none of the quilts in the exhibit was made during the era of slavery in America, several of the quilters represented in the exhibit were born into slavery and others descended from enslaved families. Each quiltmaker used the humble materials of fabric and thread to create a bedcover that was warm and practical as well as brilliant in color and artistry.
Opens January 30, 2016 in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery.
A Carolina Christmas
A Carolina Christmas will show visitors a scene of Christmas past complete with antique toys, stockings hung with care and a decorated table top tree. The original 1835 parlor of the North Carolina home of Alexander and Sarah Shaw provides the perfect setting for the display. The room is furnished with pieces from the period including a grain-painted tall case clock. The toys date from the second half of the nineteenth century. A German Noah's ark sits on the fireplace mantel while around the room will be seen dolls, a wooden rocking horse, a 7-foot long wooden train and other toys enjoyed by children over 100 years ago. In the Rex and Pat Lucke Gallery.
Opening November 26, 2015
Color and Shape: The Art of the American Theorem
In the early years of the 19th century, theorem painting was a popular activity in both the school and home. Young girls were taught to use stencils to create colorful still life pictures, usually painted on fabric. Ladies' magazines of the period also gave instruction to those wanting to try the technique at home. The exhibition in the Guyton Gallery, features 11 paintings, exploring how the theorems were made and how individual artists, using very similar stencils, created their own take on the subject. Today many of the theorems survive without the name of the maker, but four pieces in the exhibition are signed, providing the opportunity to take a closer look at the diverse backgrounds of the artists.
Opening October 31, 2015 through Sept. 4, 2017