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Painted, Pieced, and Padded: Masterwork Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum

September 1, 2016–December 13, 2016
At the American Folk Art Museum’s Collections and Education Center
Long Island City, Queens

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition is on view through December 13 by appointment in Long Island City at the museum’s Collections and Education Center.

The American Folk Art Museum is proud to participate in New York Textile Month, an inaugural event of The New School: Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Initiated by Lidewij Edelkoort, trend forecaster and Dean of the program of Hybrid Studies at The New School, with the assistance of Willem Schenk, this month-long, citywide festival celebrates textile creativity. Ten masterwork quilts from the museum’s renowned collection will be on view at the Collections and Education Center, located in Long Island City.

Visitation is by appointment. To schedule your visit to the Collections and Education Center, please contact: or 212. 265. 0605.

Stacy C. Hollander, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Chief Curator, and Director of Exhibitions, American Folk Art Museum

Images, from left:

Appliquéd and Embroidered Pictorial Bedcover, artist unidentified, possibly New York State, 1825–1845, wool, silk, cotton, and beads with silk and cotton embroidery, 87 x 86 in., gift of Ralph Esmerian, 1991.27.1. Photograph by Gavin Ashworth, New York.

Surprise Quilt Presented to Mary A. Grow, various quiltmakers, Plymouth, Michigan, 1856, cotton with ink and embroidery, 87 x 82 1⁄2 in., gift in memory of Margaret Trautwein Stoddard and her daughter, Eleanor Stoddard Seibold, 2003.2.1. Photo by Gavin Ashworth, New York.

Diamond Strip Quilt, Lucinda Toomer (1888/1890–1983), Macon, Georgia, c.1975, cotton corduroy, flannel, velvet, and wool, 79 1/2 x 66 1/4 in., gift of William Arnett, 1990.7.1.


The exhibition is supported in part by Joyce Berger Cowin, the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, the Ford Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.