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A Biennial Exhibition and 1970’s Quilts

Two new exhibitions are coming to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles this Saturday. One is a biennial juried exhibition, and one is a chronicle of quilts made in the 1970s.

First up is the Quilt National 2013. This is the biennial juried exhibition (18th to be exact), where a quintessential and much anticipated showcase of contemporary art quilts, show a representation of the art quilt medium in various ranges of styles, techniques, and multi-faceted contemporary expressions. The definition of quilting beyond its traditional parameters, as well as promote it as an art form is exhibition’s focal point.

This exhibition will feature a selection of 48 quilts, and they include one from juror Judith Content, and local artist Leslie Bixel and Sylvia Gegaregian. The featured works have not been exhibited nor published prior to their showing at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.

The second exhibition opening this Saturday is Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross 1973-76. This is a chronicle of innovative, sculptural quilts from the Southern California artist, whose works is a cross between the American quilt tradition and the 1970s pop and minimal art movements. The exhibition features five stunning pieces, which is considered to be a rare documentation of Cross’s importance in the art quilt field, as well as recent works of graphite drawings, expressing the artist’s current explorations into other mediums.

Both exhibitions are on view until July 20th.

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