March 30, 2011
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Over 650 red and white quilts currently hang from the ceiling of The New York Park Armory. Up for just four days (and closing today), Infinite Variety showcases the vast archive of quilts amassed since 1956 by collector Joanna Rose. It is her 80th birthday wish: “Something I've never seen before,” she told her husband Daniel Rose when he asked what she would like to celebrate, and “a gift for New York”. The show is completely free to the public.
I visited the Park Armory this sunday and was so impressed by the cylindrical scaffold towers of quilts and obsessive attention to detail I contacted co-curators Elizabeth V. Warren, guest curator and an a leading authority on quilts and Stacy C. Hollander, senior curator at the Folk Art Museum. I also got in touch with Tom Hennes at Thinc Design, to discuss the exhibition design. What follows is the first of a two part interview series with Elizabeth V Warren and Tom Hennes. Today I speak with Elizabeth Warren.