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American Quilts at Milwaukee Art Museum

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One of the world's finest collections of early American quilts is on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum May 22–September 6, 2010. Featuring rare surviving textiles of the late 1700s and early 1800s from Winterthur Museum, Delaware, American Quilts outlines America's earliest cultural landscape in stunning detail.

American Quilts features more than 40 exquisite quilts whose fabric, design, and stitching provide an extraordinary visual experience. The exhibition includes some of the earliest American printed textiles, a quilted Indian palampore, and a kaleidoscopic sunburst quilt featuring over 6,700 pieces of printed cotton.

"At first, fabric itself was a status symbol reflecting wealth and worldliness," said Mel Buchanan, assistant curator of 20th-century design. "But the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution and the establishment of an American textile industry made fabrics to more widely available."

Through skillful needlework, graphic patterning, and an eye for color, American women transformed both common and exotic textiles into these singular works of art.

On July 24, Mader & Mader Auction Services will auction 200 authentic Amish quilts. Museum admission is required to receive a bidding number. There is a 10% buyers' fee in addition to the final bid. The auction is presented as part of the Museum's 6th annual Milwaukee Artist Marketplace, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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