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Left: Lone Star, (detail) ca. 1930. Lapp family, Smoketown, Pennsylvania. Cotton, wool, and synthetic fiber. Right: Double Nine Patch,ca. 1930. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Wool

Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown

November 14, 2009June 7, 2010

This exhibition features approximately 48 full-size and crib quilts dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. Quilts made by girls and women of various Amish communities in Pennsylvania and the Midwest are visual distillations of their way of life. The Amish faith embodies the principles of simplicity, humility, discipline, and community, but their quilts are anything but humble. Using a rich color palette and bold patterns, these quilts are truly a unique contribution to American textile history. The quilts highlight the beauty and complexity of the abstract patterns.

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Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition is supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Joyce and Merton Goode, and the San Francisco Quilters Guild.

Generous support is also provided by the Alfred H. Peet Living Trust, the William E. Winn, Jr., Living Trust, the Estate of Theodore Neff, the Estate of Helen M. Pollack, and the Estate of E. Jean Ferdinandsen.

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