Saturday, December 9, 2006

Love in the Afternoon

...A lot of people make quilts just for your bed for to keep you warm. But a quilt is more. It represents safekeeping, it represents beauty, and you could say it represents family history.

--Mensie Lee Pettway

We drove up to Indianapolis today to see the Gee's Bend quilts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This sculpture greets you as you enter the museum grounds.

We had never been to this museum before and I wasn't sure what to expect. It is definitely worth a trip if you are ever in the area. The museum and grounds are in the suburbs in a large parklike setting. There is too much to see in just one afternoon. We're going to have to go back for an even longer visit sometime.

But the quilts, oh my goodness, the quilts! This exhibit has 70 quilts, and they are magnificent!

Pictures weren't allowed in the gallery, but you can see some of them at the Gee's Bend website.

The photos don't convey the dynamic colors and what the catalogue calls "unexpected compositional variations". The ones I liked the best were the older ones because they look more spontaneous than some of the more recent ones.

We ended up not having enough time to get to Indy's north side to Trader Joe's, but didn't even care!

1 comment:

debraspincic said...

Isn't that some show! I saw it this summer in Houston & one of the other gals on the webring (Barbara of Thinking out Loud) saw it in San Francisco.