Wild by Design – Two Centuries of American Quiltmaking


Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

Wild by Design:
Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts
January 20–March 16, 2008



Manhattan Heat Wave by Elizabeth Cave
Elizabeth Cave
Manhattan Heat Wave, 1987

Far from simple exercises in geometric patterning, the 25 quilts in this exhibition represent a free-wheeling tradition in which improvisation, asymmetry, and experimentation are the norm. Selected by Janet Berlo, University of Rochester professor of art history, from the collection of the International Quilt Study Center, these quilts explore the once-radical proposition that some 19th-century American women were “painting with fabric.” Ranging in date from about 1825 to 1989, the quilts were made by artists both known and unknown, all of whom share an essential quality: the desire to push the boundaries of their medium in their own time.

  • Magnificent Inspiration: The Art Quilt

Quilt based on art in the Gallery's collection Offered in conjunction with Wild By Design, this interpretive quilt show and sale brings together 36 quilts by 30 area quilters, whose wall-hung art quilts (approximately 20 x 22 in.) respond to works in MAG’s permanent collection. The quilts will be displayed next to their sources of inspiration and offered for sale at the show’s end through the Gallery Store.

Summer Breezes,
by 2006 Rochester Biennial artist Carol Taylor, was inspired by Tiffany Studio’s Sunset Scene.



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~ by Stampfli & Turci on January 9, 2008.

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