Recent Exhibitions
alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins
October 1, 2013–January 5, 2014
This exhibition considers three contemporary artists who are inspired by the history and structure of American quilts but who are neither inhibited, constricted, nor defined by it. Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, and Stephen Sollins are keenly aware that a quilt’s very substance—its remnants, pieces, choices, geometries—is profoundly laden with meaning. They intentionally seek such emotional and retentive content in their work, oftentimes through ingenious techniques and by using unexpected materials such as 16mm film strips or used Tyvek envelopes. By purposefully reusing experiential elements with relevance to their own lives and times, they exploit the tension inherent in historical quilts between function and significance. The three artists are especially attracted to the rationality and precision of specific quilt patterns that often have illusive qualities—Tumbling Blocks, Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow, Double Wedding Ring—examples of which, from the museum’s collection, will also be on view.

Stacy C. Hollander, chief curator and director of exhibitions
Reviews & Related Media
• Read the New York Times review
• Watch video of Stephen Sollins discussing his work
• Read the Surface Design Journal article
• Download the Quilts Exploration Guide, an educators’s resource for Kindergarten–Grade 12
• Related publication: Sunshine and Shadow: Film Quilts by Sabrina Gschwandtner
The exhibition is supported in part by Joyce Berger Cowin, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Ford Foundation, and the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions. Lectures and symposia are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.