Quilts and Color

Mrs. Miller “Carpenter’s Wheel Quilt,” about 1980. Photo ® Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Provided.


Celebrate the beauty and vibrancy of American quilts at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) in a special exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Quilts and Color spotlights nearly sixty quilts with bold palettes and inventive designs from the acclaimed Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection.

Influenced by twentieth century art developments such as abstraction, optical art, and the color field movement, Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy collected quilts from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries with similarly bold and striking designs.

The exhibition begins with the vividly colored quilts that first drew the collectors’ attention and started their life-long passion. Exploring principles of color theory, the exhibition’s sections display a visual treat of color contrasts, vibrations, mixtures, gradations, and harmonies in the quilt designs. The exhibition examines the use of innovative optical effects through the use of shape and color, as well as creative variations of traditional quilt patterns. Quilts and Color concludes with a final nod to the artistic vision of quilt makers and highlights artists who worked outside standard patterns and designs.

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and will be on display at the OKCMOA (415 Couch Drive, OKC), from November 7, 2015-February 7, 2016.

For information about this exhibit, art, movies, classes and more offered at the OKCMOA, visit www.okcmoa.org or call (405) 236-3100.

About OKCMOA: Serving more than 135,000 visitors annually, the OKCMOA presents exhibitions drawn from throughout the world. The Museum's collection covers a period of five centuries with highlights in European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, a growing collection of contemporary art, and one of the largest collections of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The Museum boasts the region's premiere repertory cinema and is home to the Museum School.

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