New York City! That's what.
After what seems like an eternity, the American Folk Art Museum's exhibit "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts" exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory is finally open. The pictures above aren't of the actual exhibit, they are computerized renderings of what the exhibit will look like. They were created by an amazing, award-winning design firm, Thinc Design.
You probably already know this but just in case you don't, here's the CliffNotes version - The American Folk Art Museum has dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which are on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It is the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city.
That's the short version. While waiting not-very-patiently for the exhibit to finally open, I found all sorts of articles, slideshows and videos that I would like share. As my friend Edie likes to say... "Grab a cuppa and get comfortable."
DNAInfo.com - Quilts Take Over Park Avenue Armory ~ The slideshow is amazing. Don't miss it! The article is terrific too.
HandEye Magazine - Infinite Variety ~ This is a nice informational article and pictures of a couple of the quilts.
New York City Times - Finally, Mrs. Rose (and the Public) Can See All Her Quilts ~ Another amazing slide show, this time of the actual hanging process of the show.
Major Quilt Exhibit Sponsored by American Folk Art Museum Opens in NYC ~ A terrific informational article.
"Infinite Variety" Installation Shots ~ Flickr... pictures. That kind of says it all, doesn't it?
Sunday Arts News ~ An interview with Elizabeth V. Warren, the curator of the quilt exhibit. A YouTube video. The majority of the video is about the Masterworks exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum but the Infinite Variety exhibit is mentioned near the end and several pictures of quilts are shown.
A month or so ago, I ran across an article that included pictures of several quilts in the exhibit, all taken by the folks at Thinc Design. I can't find the article again or the link to it, but I did manage to save the pictures.
From what I've read and been told, there isn't going to be a catalog or book for the exhibit. But there are going to be a couple of things that you just might need to have instead...
These are magnets. It is a single sheet that snaps apart to make sixty-three separate magnets measuring about 1" x 1". I'm keeping mine as one whole sheet. The magnet sheet can be purchased through the museum shop.
If you've been trying to decide whether or not you really need an iPad, stop reading now.
Because Thinc Design had to photograph all the quilts anyway, the Folk Art Museum is offering a free app of the show. Yes, that's right, there is a digital guide of the exhibition that includes images of all 650 quilts on display. The app will be compatible with iPhones, iPod Touch, iPads or Android smart phones.
Another terrific resource for information about the exhibit is the Museum's Facebook page.
Are you inspired? Are you thinking about how much red fabric you've got in your stash?
It goes without saying that no matter how many pictures I take, not one of them will be as good as any of the pictures you'll find on the sites I've listed. But I promise to show them anyway when I get back. Yes, I'm going to New York for the quilt show and a little bit of fun. Okay, probably a lot of fun.
Twelve-bazillion quilters... New York City may never be the same.