Mountain Mist New York Beauty
Great Cities Squared
2010, Christine Wrobel
c1865, Unknown Maker
July 31 – October 27, 2013
July 31: Press Preview 1:30 PM
September 8: Members Walkthrough 1-2PM. Opening Reception 2-4PM
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We are pleased to announce a new exhibition for Summer 2013. Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion focuses on the evolution of a unique quilt pattern—New York Beauty—and shows its many variations and modifications throughout the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Collecting New York Beauty Quilts traces the life story of an extraordinary American quilt pattern and a collector’s singular pursuit and fascinating research surrounding quilts made with this complex and graphic design. The exhibition opens July 31, 2013.
Comprised of approximately 35 objects (including quilts, ephemera, patterns, books, and a woven coverlet) the exhibition is centered on the New York Beauty pattern. The traditional design of the New York Beauty includes four quarter-circles, or arcs, with points radiating outward from the curved seams. The quarter circles are wedged in each of the four quarters of a square or rectangular block, and blocks are divided by strip sashing with rows of points on both sides. In 1930, Mountain Mist, a division of the Sterns and Foster Company of Ohio, released a pattern with the name New York Beauty, and the name has been associated with the pattern ever since. Two of New York’s most recognizable landmarks the Chrysler Building with its radiating ornamentation and the Statue of Liberty’s familiar spiked crown can theoretically be linked to the pattern.
Collecting New York Beauty Quilts traces the development of this complex pattern from its roots in 1850 to today. Now over 150 years later, the New York Beauty still resonates with contemporary quilters and artists as they continue to use the challenging design paired with new fabrics to create updated versions. The graphic quality and visual appeal of these quilts will inspire visitors as will Volckening’s unique perspective and passion for collecting these amazing textiles.
- An historic selection of quilts ranging in dates from 1850-2012, includes examples from every decade.
- Mountain Mist New York Beauty, a rare red, white, and blue quilt from the pattern’s first release in 1930.
- Great Cities Squared by Christine Wrobel, a contemporary take on the New York Beauty design using a New York cityscape fabrics with the World Trade Center.
These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.