Katonah art museum exhibit celebrates the American quilt

The Katonah Museum of Art's flyer on American The Katonah Museum of Art's flyer on American Quilt exhibition. (Feb. 21, 2013) Photo Credit: Handout

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"Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt Evolution," an exhibition of masterpiece quilts, is coming to the Katonah Museum of Art on Sunday.

"This is the first exhibition in the New York area (and one of the first anywhere) to provide an overview of the field, and to define the changing meaning of the 'quilt' over time; the majority of quilt exhibitions focus more narrowly on a specific cultural or regional tradition (e.g. Amish or Gee's Bend), a designated time period (e.g. Civil War), or an individual quiltmaker, " said Nancy Wallach, director of curatorial affairs, Katonah Museum of Art in a news release.

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Beyond the Bed features more than 30 quilt masterpieces from across the country -- quilts not only intended to cover beds, but to be used as clothing, furniture accessories, wall decorations and sculptures. Selected by guest curator Jean Burks, the quilts also display a variety of techniques and traditional designs. Six of the quilts were included in the book, "The Twentieth Century's Best 100 American Quilts."

To help celebrate the quilt, the museum will host a number of special programs, including an evening lecture series starting with Kaffe Fassett on March 4. Fassett's designs in quilting, knitting and needlepoint were the subject of a solo show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that later toured nine countries.

In the Katonah museum's Project Gallery, visitors can make Log Cabin blocks to contribute to community quilts for babies born to women in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and families living at My Sister's Place, a Westchester County shelter for battered women.

There are also quilt-related programs for children. A quilter will bring books about quilts and share easy quilting techniques at Saturday story time on March 9. The Tuesday for Tots classes, for 3- to 5- year-olds with an adult partner, will feature a quilting activities on March 12. New moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers with babies can enjoy a can enjoy the quilts with a Friday morning Stroller Tour on March 15.

The Beyond the Bed exhibit will run through June 16. General admission is $10 and $5 for seniors and students. Members and children under 12 are free. For more information call 914-232-9555 or visit www.katonahmuseum.org. The museum is located at 134 Jay St.(Rte. 22).

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