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Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts

March 25, 2011–March 30, 2011
Exhibition

The American Folk Art Museum 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 were on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event was free.

This magical but ephemeral moment will ultimately be captured in the pages of a fully illustrated catalog co-published by the American Folk Art Museum and Rizzoli in late 2015. If you would like to be kept informed about the publication date, please join our mailing list.

Artworks

Infinite Variety
“Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts,” presented by the American Folk Art Museum at the Park Avenue Armory March 25–30, 2011
Photo by Gavin Ashworth

Vortex Quilt
Artist unidentified
United States
1890–1910
Pieced and appliquéd cotton
82 x 80 in.
Collection of Joanna S. Rose
Photo by Gavin Ashworth

Unnamed Pattern Quilt
Artist unidentified
United States
1880–1910
Pieced and appliquéd cotton
74 x 81 in.
Collection of Joanna S. Rose
Photo by Gavin Ashworth

Pine Tree Quilt
Artist unidentified
United States
1890–1910
Pieced cotton
68 x 88 in.
Collection of Joanna S. Rose
Photo by Gavin Ashworth

Concentric Squares Variation Quilt
Artist unidentified
United States
1880–1910
Pieced cotton
79 x 69 1/2 in.
Collection of Joanna S. Rose
Photo by Gavin Ashworth

Snowflake with Tree Border Quilt
Artist unidentified
Possibly New York State
1850–1870
Appliquéd cotton
91 x 71 in.
Collection of Joanna S. Rose
Photo by Gavin Ashworth

Resources
Seeing Red (and White)

New York Times T Magazine blog

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Finally, Mrs. Rose (and the Public) Can See All Her Quilts

New York Times City Room blog

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Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, Park Avenue Armory, New York

Financial Times

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What's Red and White and Quilted All Over?

Wall Street Journal

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Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts
The Martha Blog
Gala benefit preview photos

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More photos
Reviews