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Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK

Loan exhibition with curatorial oversight provided by Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator

November 14, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries

Kaffe Fassett (b. 1937), Hot Wheels, 72 x 60 in. On loan from The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles/ Kaffe Fassett Studios
Kaffe Fassett (b. 1937), Bright Squares, 74 x 74 in. On loan from The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles/ Kaffe Fassett Studios
Kaffe Fassett (b. 1937), Log Cabin Sampler, 63 x 75 in. On loan from The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles/ Kaffe Fassett Studios

The Michener Art Museum is proud to be one of only two museums in the U.S. to host this stellar textile exhibition of 35 historical and contemporary quilts with trans-Atlantic ties (shown in England as Ancestral Gifts). The exhibition features fifteen new quilts, designed by the American-born, internationally-known textile artist Kaffe Fassett, that were created in response to fifteen historical quilts, dating from 1780 to 1949, that he selected from the collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK. Although it comes to the Michener from the United Kingdom, Blanket Statements has strong local connections: three of the new quilts were designed by Bucks County artisans, and ten of them were crafted in the area under Fassett’s supervision.

A book, Heritage Quilts, will be available for purchase and will include stunning photographs and detailed descriptions of the quilts on display, together with patterns and instructions for each of Kaffe's quilts. Kaffe will also be lecturing and hosting a series of hands-on workshops.

On loan from The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles/ Kaffe Fassett Studios.

Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK is generously supported by Visit Bucks County, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., and Penn Color, Inc.

Additional support is provided by Bucks County Foundation, Silverman Family Partnerships, Harriet and Charles Ermentrout, Byrne Sewing Connection, and GloriousColor.com.

In-kind media and promotional support is provided by Figmagazine.com and Mancuso Show Management.




AVAILABLE NOW: Blanket Statements Mobile App!

Download the Blanket Statements mobile app and participate in the exhibition! With this app, you can record and share your reflections on works featured in the installations. Listen to reactions and thoughts contributed by other visitors in this unique crowdsourced audio experience.

Available on both iTunes and Google Play.

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