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2013 Schedule of Exhibitions

Chasm
Mountain Mist New York Beauty
c1930

Spinal
Great Cities Squared
2010, Christine Wrobel

Kentucky
Kentucky
c1865, Unknown Maker

July 31 – October 27, 2013
Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion

July 31: Press Preview 1:30 PM
September 8: Members Walkthrough 1-2PM. Opening Reception 2-4PM rsvp@sjquiltmuseum.org or call 408-971-0323 x14

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.

Examples include:

  • 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.

Chasm
Fornax, 2012, Linda Toeniskoetter, 52" x 55", Collection of Artist

July 31 – October 27, 2013
Out of Chaos

July 31: Press Preview 1:30 PM
September 8: Members Walkthrough 1-2PM. Opening Reception 2-4PM rsvp@sjquiltmuseum.org or call 408-971-0323 x14

Featured in the newly named “Yvonne’s Place” gallery, will be a group of stunning asymmetrical quilts by Linda Toeniskoetter. Out of Chaos showcases her novel approach to design and variation on traditional pieced blocks. These quirky geometric combinations of pattern create lively movement throughout the quilts, and the uneven edges are unusual, almost a bit unsettling. The quilts reflect a personal story of survival and show the power of artistic expression, innovation, and healing that results while creating a body of work. Behind the jewel-toned and dynamic chaos is a rich and intimate outpouring of unique work – “the building of a quilt lets me experience this process of creating balance as an example for the rest of my life,” she says. Toeniskoetter’s work has been shown nationally.

Chasm
Susane in her Kitchen, 1977, Therese May, 63" x 85.5", Gift of artist, Collection of SJMQT

July 31 – October 27, 2013
Tasty! Food Inspired Quilts

July 31: Press Preview 1:30 PM
September 8: Members Walkthrough 1-2PM. Opening Reception 2-4PM rsvp@sjquiltmuseum.org or call 408-971-0323 x14

Tasty! Food Inspired Quilts offers a whimsical exploration into the intersection of some of our most basic needs: food, warmth, and community. The show will engage with other local organizations and community-wide projects surrounding the Around the Table Food Festival coming to San Jose this fall. Among the quilts to be featured in Tasty! is a gigantic, lifelike tortilla quilt by San Jose artist Yolanda Guerra, created from her original design of tortilla fabric. This toasty crust looks good enough to eat. In a 16-panel quilt on loan from History San Jose, each panel features a different fruit from the famous orchards of the Santa Clara Valley. Also featured are quilts from the museum’s own collection that speak to the theme of local food, and a psychedelic burger quilt by legendary California quilter Yvonne Porcella.