Monday, March 28, 2011

The New Gala Trend...The Open House

The American Folk Art Museum presents Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts From the collection of Joanna Semel Rose

Open To The Public March 25 -30, 2011

Infinite Variety, the American Folk Art Museum’s spectacular installation of 651 red and white American quilts is just that. Presented in the cavernous space of the Park Avenue Armory, the exhibition is like the city itself, monumental, majestic and bold. The quilts are arrayed in gravity defying spirals which climb 60 feet in an overwhelming display, transforming works of intimate delicacy into a stunning architectural statement. Infinite Variety is very much of the moment and yet the quilts from which it has been assembled are timeless.

It was the perfect backdrop for the Museums Annual Gala!

The quilts are from the collection of Joanna Semel Rose, an art collector, intellectual, prominent philanthropist, and doyenne of a leading New York real estate family. Formerly the chairperson of the Partisan Review and rumored to be involved with the (top secret) selection process for the MacArthur Fellowships, she is a quintessential New Yorker.

When asked by her husband Daniel Rose what she wanted for her 80th birthday she suggested this gift for herself and the city, to have her quilts displayed where she (and everyone else) could see them all at the same moment. Due to the Roses’ generosity, this “hottest ticket in town” is open to the public and free of charge.


The Horticultural Society of New York will open their doors before the event on April 12th from 3:00 to 5:00

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