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  Center Diamond, circa 1920-1940, maker unknown. Probably made in Lancaster County, PA. International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 2003.003.0071.

Constructed Color:
Amish Quilts

April 4 – September 6, 2009

Amish quilts are among the most striking and famous of all American quilt types. Renowned for their play of color and strong geometric patterns, their similarities to modern art have been noted ever since the 1971 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York entitled Abstract Design in American Quilts. The parallels are perhaps most striking with regard to color field paintings and art that explores the manipulation of visual effect.

This exhibition, on loan from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, features 29 examples from the center’s highly regarded collection. The quilts represent three specific regional groups, each with its own distinctive features, drawn from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, from Midwestern communities and from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. Each of these Amish communities produces unique quilts that reflect the availability of materials, influences from non-Amish neighbors, and the relative conservatism of individual communities as determined by their Ordnung, or community guidelines. The objects which will be on view in the exhibition represent some of the finest Amish quilts in the world.

The Amish: Back Roads to Heaven

This film will be shown in the galleries:
Tuesday through Saturday
11 am
12:30 pm
2:30 pm

2:30 pm

This documentary examines the Amish of Pennsylvania in the context of expanding communities across North America. While Amish communities appear highly similar to an outsider, each has a unique set of beliefs, practices and rules (Ordnung). The film also highlights the Amish ability to adapt to technology and economic situations, as well as to maintain their values and ways of life despite the influence of the outside world.

Written and produced by Burton Buller (2007)
Running time: 46 minutes




























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