Quilts at the BAM

19 May

If you have yet to see these two exhibits, make the short trek over to the Bellevue Art Museum this week or next! You won’t be disappointed.

Monday 11 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday 12 – 5 pm
Sunday 12 – 5 pm

$7 Students (with ID) and Seniors (age 62+)

American Quilt Classics
1800 – 1980: The Bresler Collection

Historically vast, the 36-piece Bresler Collection of American quilts features a diversity of designs which illuminate both pattern and process with fine examples from the late eighteenth to twentieth centuries. These quilts hold within their layers a wealth of information about the people and times in which they were made and offer a glimpse of the creative human spirit.

The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book


A book can be many things: an object, a source of knowledge, a cultural artifact or an idea. From each volume, layers of meaning and subtext can be mined, not only from the words and images inside, but from the subtle design elements, the materiality of its pages and spine, and its symbolic value as a recorder of human evolution. For 550 years, the printed page has been our primary means of communication, though it is steadily being overtaken in the digital age.

The Book Borrowers highlights 31 works from locally, nationally and internationally renowned contemporary artists transforming books into sculptural works. Pieces in the exhibition explore the book’s inherent qualities and reflect upon this unique juncture in time. Manhattan White Pages turned into the head of Buddha, laser engraved volumes poignantly dissected, stacks of encyclopedias sandblasted into monumental landscapes – the works in this exhibition reveal new and unexpected layers of meaning that go beyond the book as a source of information and offer a fresh look at its place in an increasingly digitally oriented world. The Book Borrowers is both a nostalgic homage to the book and a reflection on our current progression beyond it.


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