While taking some time for an autumnal retreat in the Finger Lakes, my Mom and I traveled to Binghamton, New York, to see “Full-Spectrum: Natural Fibers, Quilts & The Textile Arts” at the University Art Museum.
In three spaces on two floors, this was The Real Deal. The exhibit began on the main floor with “Vibrations: Color Resonance in Antique Quilts 1860–1940,” curated by Gerald Roy. I was absolutely blown away by the use of color in these traditional quilts. Vibrate, they did. I was particularly drawn to several quilts pieced in fuschia, blue, and gold. Just stunning.
Upstairs in a spacious gallery filled with light were art quilts by many of the household names in the field, including Liza Prior Lucy & Kaffe Fassett, Alex Anderson, Judy Dales, Marilyn Henrion, Marilyn Belford (who first alerted me to the exhibit via a post on the SAQA list), Sue Benner, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Ricky Tims, Sharon Schamber, Libby Lehman, Hollis Chatelain, Paula Nadelstern…. and on and on! It was an outstanding display truly showcasing excellent design. I had never seen most of these pieces up close and personal and I was simply awed.
On the balcony running around the top of this gallery, was “The Evolution of Natural Fibers” giving insight into the history of cotton, linen, silk, and wool. Very informative.
The exhibit runs until December 5, 2009. If you are anywhere near Binghamton between now and then this is a Must See!