Experience the power of modern quilts in an exhibit of 60 innovative and inspiring quilts that represent the best modern quilts and quilters of the past decade. “Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century” opens June 29 at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn. The exhibit, organized by the Modern Quilt Guild, traces the history of the modern quilting movement from its earliest roots and influences.
Also opening in Gallery Julius is “Depth Perception: The Archaeology of Wax,” by Manlius artist Sally Hootnick. The solo exhibit features her encaustic or wax paintings.
Modern quilting has its roots in the bold, bright colors and simple, graphic designs of Amish quilts; the art quilt movement of the 1960s; and the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, a small, rural African American community where women made improvisational quilts that were featured in a 2002 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.
Modern quilts often feature solid fabrics in bright colors; a minimalistic design with expansive use of negative space; improvisational piecing that ignores straight lines, grids, and blocks; and uneven rows and columns of traditional grid structures that may be much larger or smaller than the classic block to create a dramatic look.
“We are thrilled to host this exhibit,” said Schweinfurth Executive Director Donna Lamb. “This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see some of the best modern quilts being made today.”
Among the artists included in the show is Sherri Lynn Wood, who is an instructor for Quilting by the Lake 2018, a quilting conference this July at Onondaga Community College that is a program of the Schweinfurth Art Center. Her piece in the exhibit, “Score for Strings: City,” features improvisational piecing. Wood’s class at Quilting by the Lake will show quilters how to design a quilt with curves.
Also in the exhibit are New York artists Victoria Findlay Wolfe of New York City, a well-known artist who podcasts, releases videos with tips, and has written numerous books on her quilting methods, and Nydia Kehnle of the Orange County village of Monroe, NY.
Jacquie Gering, a former board chair of the Modern Quilt Guild, said she is honored to be a part of the exhibit. “The exhibition simultaneously honors the past and the future by showcasing work inspired by the rich history of our quilting community and the innovation and unique voice of modern quilters,” Gering says. “This exhibit exemplifies the potential of this growing community.”
“Modern Quilts: Designs of a New Century” and “Depth Perception: The Archaeology of Wax” will be on display at the Schweinfurth from June 29 through Aug. 19, 2018. The opening for both exhibits is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the art center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. The art center’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The cost to tour the exhibits is $7; members and children 12 and under are free.
What: Modern Quilts: Designs of a New Century and Depth Perception: The Archaeology of Wax
Who: Modern Quilts features 60 artists from around the world; Depth Perception features encaustic paintings by Manlius artist Sally Hootnick
Where: Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn
When: June 29 to Aug. 19, 2018
Opening: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018
Cost: $7 a person; members and children 12 and under free
Top image: Detail from Making Me Crazy, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Shelly Pagliai, 2011.