Date: Fri 20-Feb-1998
Pieces, Parts And Passion
GREENWICH, CONN. -- The Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences will present
"Pieces, Parts and Passion: The Quilted Medium" through April 26.
The exhibition features a collection of contemporary quilts created by artists
from throughout the United States and Canada. Exploring new and often abstract
visual themes through the use of old-fashioned quiltmaking techniques, the
quilts represented are created as contemporary art.
The 19 quilts selected for the show range from pieces demonstrating
traditional patterns and techniques to those incorporating a wide variety of
innovative and unusual processes, such as photography, stenciling, hand-dying,
Quilting is one of America's oldest folk art forms. Traditionally made from
scraps of cloth and old clothes, quilts are sewn together using a variety of
stitches and color patterns to produce a coverlet. This coverlet is then
backed by plain fabric. Cotton or another soft batting material is sandwiched
between these two layers to create a warm blanket. Quilts were originally
created by pioneer women as strictly functional pieces.
"Pieces, Parts and Passions" examines what is possible when the quilt is no
longer seen as a blanket but is considered a work of art. The past few decades
have witnessed a renewed interest in quilts, with many artists discovering the
quilt's unique capacity to transform color and texture into dynamic patterns.
Works included in the exhibition range from abstract renditions of stained
glass and rain to tender images of mother and child. Other quilts make
dramatic political statements about environmental and social concerns. The
artists represented, both men and women, explore the history of a traditional
craft while reconsidering its practical purpose.
The show was organized by the Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Texas. Partial funding
for the exhibition is provided by a grant from the Texas Commission on the
The Bruce Museum is at 1 Museum Drive, open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 am
to 5 pm, and Sundays, 1 to 5 pm. Admission is $3.50.