Opening Weekend

Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt


Friday, August 22
11 am – 5:45 pm
Exhibition Galleries

Russian folk dancers and a balalaika player mingle with strutting roosters; Admiral Dewey and a Russian peasant guard a pair of American flags; tennis racquets fan out, a hot-air balloon takes flight, and a circus acrobat performs a horse act while a rocking chair and a Star of David appear side by side. A veritable potpourri of Russian, American, and Jewish motifs, this colorful quilt – the subject of the third iteration of the Museum’s Masterpieces & Curiosities exhibition series – tells multiple stories.

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Free with Museum Admission

Quilt, Russia and United States, c. 1899, velvet: embroidered with wool, silk, and metallic thread; glass beads, 81 1/2 × 65 in. (207 × 165.1 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York, Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Fund, 1986-119.  Photo: Joseph Sachs.