Michener Art Museum Hosts Collection from the Quilt Museum and Gallery in the United Kingdom

The Michener Museum is proud to be one of only two museums in the U.S. to host stellar textile exhibition

(Doylestown, PA) Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York, UK will open on November 14, 2015 in the Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries – Martin Wing. The exhibition will be on view through February 21, 2016. Curatorial oversight is provided by Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Senior Curator of Exhibitions.

textile exhibitionThe installation of 35 historical and contemporary quilts with trans-Atlantic ties (shown in England as Ancestral Gifts), features fifteen new quilts designed by the American-born, internationally-known textile artist Kaffe Fassett. The new pieces were created in response to fifteen historical quilts in the Quilt Museum’s collection, dating from 1780 to 1949. Although the exhibition comes to the Michener from the UK, Blanket Statements has strong local connections: three of the contemporary quilts were designed by Bucks County artisans (Judy Baldwin, Corienne Kramer, and Liza Lucy), and ten of them were crafted in the area under Fassett’s supervision.

Dr. Jensen remarks, “Kaffe Fassett possesses an incredible eye for color and design; his selection of the historical quilts and his stunning responses to them reflect that sensibility. Visitors who might not be attracted to textiles initially will find the patterns and color in these pieces breathtaking — and the fact that a number of the quilts were pieced in Bucks County adds an exciting dimension to the exhibition.”

Kaffe Fassett was born in San Francisco in 1937 and settled in England in 1964. He ventured into the world of colorful yarn on a visit to a Scottish wool mill with fashion designer Bill Gibb. In 1988 he became the first living textile artists to have a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2013, Kaffe was awarded the Turner Medal. This is awarded by the Colour Group (Great Britain) to a distinguished artist or art historian, honoring Britain’s greatest colorist. Kaffe teaches quilting and knitting to textile enthusiasts all over the world.

A book, Heritage Quilts, will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop 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. Information will be posted to the website as soon as details are confirmed. After the exhibition closes at the Michener in February, it will travel to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, California, where it will be on view through the spring and summer.

About the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, England
Since its formation in 1979, The Quilters’ Guild has built up a unique collection of antique and contemporary quilts from around the British Isles. The collection has grown due to both donations and acquisitions and now numbers over 800 items, from the earliest known dated British patchwork the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet to recent pieces by contemporary quilt makers. As well as full size quilts and coverlets, the collection includes miniature pieces, quilted clothing, small domestic items templates, tools and quilting equipment. The Quilt Museum and Gallery is an independent museum operated by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. The Museum and Gallery has been awarded the following: Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, finalist in the Visit York Tourism Awards for Visitor Attraction of the year (under 50,000) 2014, Arts Council England Accredited Museum 2013 and Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and ‘Hidden Gem’ 2014.

About The James A. Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American Art, with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions, and offers a diverse program of educational activities that seek to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts as well as nurture a wide range of audiences. We also seek to educate our community about nationally and internationally known Bucks County artists of all creative disciplines. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.