Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. Do you have an exceptional quilt, comforter, or pieced wall hanging made after 1970 that was used in, inspired by, or depicts the Adirondack region?
The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, New York is seeking six to ten contemporary quilts to borrow for a new exhibit, “Common Threads: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters,” scheduled to open in May 2009.
The Adirondack region has nurtured a vibrant pieced-textile tradition for over a century and a half. From bedcovers, plain or fancy, meant to keep families warm through long Adirondack winters, to stunning art quilts of the twenty-first century, the quilts and comforters of the North Country mirror national trends and also tell a unique story of life in the mountains.
“Common Threads” will combine the scholarly approaches of social history, art history, and material culture studies to explore themes of women’s work, domestic life, social networks in a rural area, generational continuity among women, and women’s artistic response to life in the Adirondacks.
Curator Hallie Bond will develop the new exhibit that will include quilts from the museum’s textile collection that are rarely on display. Bond has identified the historic pieces, but now needs help in collecting modern examples of pieced work to bring the exhibition up to the present time.
A panel of three quilters and quilting scholars – Lee Kogan, Edith Mitchell, and Shirley Ware – will select pieces for the exhibit. For additional information please contact Hallie Bond at the Adirondack Museum, Box 99, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. 12812 or (518) 352-7311, ext. 105.
Those interested in the project will receive a complete description of the exhibition, details about the themes that contemporary quilts should illustrate, and an entry form. Submissions will be by photograph and must be received by the Adirondack Museum no later than October 1, 2008.
The Adirondack Museum tells the story of the Adirondacks through exhibits, special events, classes for schools, and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Open for the season through October 19, 2008. Introducing Rustic Tomorrow —- a new exhibit. For information about all that the museum has to offer, please call (518) 352-7311, or visit