The quilts were hung in levels from the Armory ceiling. All were from the collection of Joanna S Rose and were exhibited free of charge to the public. Her husband sponsored the exhibit as an 80th birthday present for Joanna.
|View of a portion of the quilts|
These six hundred and fifty American quilts from three centuries are not the prizewinners at fairs nor ones that have been passed down in families, cherished by several generations. They are, rather, ordinary coverings, their creators largely anonymous, their provence obscure, not meant for company beds or "best use."The quilts were absolutely stunning.
More views of the quilts
I was fascinated by how the quilts were hung. The layout was designed by the New York City firm Thinc Design. The quilts hang in layers from circular metal frames suspended from the ceiling. Each quilt is mounted by clips to a circular cardboard tube. The mounting clips are covered by a second cardboard tube cut in half. The quilts are hung in pairs, matched in size.
|The quilts are hung back to back from cardboard tubing.|
|Hand embroidered leaf|
The exhibit is only on display for six days and ends on March 30. If you are in the New York area for any reason, it is definitely worth visiting.