African-American Quilts at MAM

The Montclair Art Museum will host African-American quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from September 21, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Montclair Art Museum brings African-American quilts from Montgomery museum.

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The Montclair Art Museum, located on South Mountain Avenue, is a place for people of all ages. The museum brings together an assortment of different art galleries to show the wide range of art across different centuries. The museum houses a combination of modern and contemporary art, as well as eighteenth and nineteenth century American and Native American art.

Coming in just a few weeks to the Montclair Art Museum is a new exhibition: From Heart to Hand, which will feature African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition will be located at the Montclair Art Museum from Sept. 21, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015.

There will be 30 quilts on display, all created by African-American quilt makers. The quilts are also part of the permanent collection at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Alabama. According to the Montclair Art Museum website, “the quilts are grouped within three sections: ‘Tradition: Patterns from the Past,’ ‘Improvisation: Practical Invention’ and ‘An Unconventional Canvas: The Quilts of Yvonne Wells.'” This quilt exhibition is designed to “introduce traditional patterns, and to show the improvisations upon these patterns that distinguish the work of individual quilters.” The quilts are in various styles and patterns, and some quilts date as far back as the 1950’s.

All art-goers are encourages to come check out this exciting new exhibit while it’s there!  When entering the Montclair Art Museum, adults pay $12, seniors and students (with valid identification) pay $10; children under 12 and members of the museum are free. There is a parking lot located on the lower level, which is also where the museum store resides. The museum is surrounded by restaurants and shopping places on Bloomfield Avenue, its neighboring street. With a wide variety of art, the diversity of the environment brings in people from all walks of life. Take a walk down Bloomfield Avenue for some lunch and spend time seeing these amazing and cultural African-American quilts.

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