Friday, July 30, 2010

Field Trip Friday: Quilt inspiration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Well, here it is. Our final field trip to New York this summer. Today we are visiting one of my favorite places in New York. I can't promise you lots of cheap deals here, but I can share some gorgeous inspiration: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I know in the past I've seen actual quilts in the Met, but this was the only one I found this time. A beautiful example of whole-cloth quilting from 1815.  Lovely stuff, but I was hoping for some great folk-art piece or something with color. I asked one of the staff who told me the Museum does have some quilts in their collection, but none were on display. So I had to look elsewhere for inspiration.
See if you can guess what this is. Doesn't it look like a Log Cabin pattern?

It's a mummy! Pretty fancy, eh? Perhaps we could start a new craft trend - bandage wrapping! This was pretty amazing!
The Modern Art Wing had some really great inspiration.
This one is creatively titled: Blue Green Red by Ellsworth Kelly.
This piece is also by Ellsworth Kelly called, Spectrum V.  I'm kind of obsessed with spectrum stuff right now. I think that is why I loved the set-up of Purl Soho so much, not to mention, their color-wheel quilt.  I'm even doing my current hexagon arangement color-spectrum style.  Here's another picture of an Ellsworth Kelly from the MOMA that would make a cool quilt.
Now here's where I'm embarrassed because I lost the paper with the title and artist information, but this one looks like a Rothko to me. I love the color.  (Some modern art enthusiast out there, feel free to jump in here and help me out.)
Same deal for this one. So cool.
(When I find what I did with the artist and title info, I'll update the post. They obviously deserve much more credit for their talent.)
Once again, here is our good old metal hexagon piece by Anish Kapoor.
And finally, this one has nothing to do with quilt inspiration really, but I had to give a shout out to my favorite Dutch Masters: Vermeer, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.  I can only imagine the quilts these guys could have produced.


  1. Thanks for sharing the pics. I've never ventured out of California except to go visit family in Nebraska so things like this are so interesting to me. I definitely want to visit New York someday.
    And that mummy really does look like it has tiny log cabins. LOL

  2. What a fun trip! Thank you for taking us along. :o)
    Have a nice weekend.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  3. Beautiful inspiration! I particularly like the modern art pieces. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I always lose the papers I write stuff down on so I just take pictures of the little signs hehe Maybe it was a blessing after all that there weren't many quilts on display... made you look elsewhere :) I really love that we're all surrounded by quilt inspiration!

  5. My husband served his mission in the Netherlands and saw alot of the Dutch masters work when he was over there. They are favorites of ours too..
    oh- I'm glad I'm not the only one who looks at things and sees quilts... thought I was going a bit crazy :)


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