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Windmill Blades
Pineapple Variation or Windmill Blades, c1890
Unknown Maker, American
Silk, velvet
Pieced, quilted
71 x 70
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 2004.308
Donated by Jacklin Vanmechelen

November 14 – February 3, 2013
Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles—the first in the United States to focus exclusively on quilts and textiles—commemorates its thirty-five year anniversary with a large survey exhibition, Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years. Drawn exclusively from our permanent collection, it showcases important early and historic quilts, recent acquisitions of contemporary fiber art, as well as ethnic costume and textiles.

Recognizing and celebrating the longevity, tenacity, and evolution of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years is not only a celebration of the museum’s history, but also presents a fascinating variety of textiles at the core of the Museum’s collection of over 850 objects. The seventy-five works on display present artistic elegance, beautiful craftsmanship, historical importance, and/or hold a unique significance within the collection. The exhibit is loosely organized around themes and styles, including:

  • Some of the oldest quilts in the collection, dating from the 1880s through 1930s
  • Crazy quilts, silk quilts, and pieced stars
  • Politically charged and contemporary textiles
  • A survey of rich textile production and traditions from around the world, including: Bedouin, Chinese (Hmong), Guatemalan, Indonesian, Japanese, Kuna Indian, Nigerian,Palestinian, Panamanian, Romanian, San Blas Islands, and Yemenis.
  • Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years has also been a collaborative effort. A team of advisors surveyed the permanent collection, including: Gloria Debs Kahn, a museum founder and past director; quilt historian Nancy Bavor; Collections Manager Joyce Hulbert; Curator Deborah Corsini; and Executive Director Christine Jeffers. Highlights of the objects this team selected includes:

  • The first quilt accessioned into the collection (a Crazy Quilt, 1883-1884).
  • A quilt by the wife of Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star Spangled Banner” (Grandmother’s Flower Garden by Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key).
  • A woven piece with a poignant message on the Gulf War but applicable to today’s ongoing conflicts (Weep for the World, 1991 by Mary Balzer Buskirk)
  • Drawing on the presidential election theme, a quilt with humorous caricatures of forty-two presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush (Presidents, by Dorothy Vance)
  • A never-before-exhibited, oversized ritual dance costume from the Yoruba people of West Africa (The Egungun Ceremonial Garment).
  • A contemporary ritual textile inspired by traditional Japanese by Yvonne Porcella (Firebird Kimono).
  • A small exhibition catalog, Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years will also commemorate this landmark exhibition, and will include a selection of photographs, curatorial essay, and a complete object list among other informative text.

    This exhibition, catalog, and related programs are funded in part by Wendy Bear; Sandra and Bob Duncan; Amy Higuchi; Joan Hughes; Gloria Debs Kahn and Sam Kahn; Susan Maresco; Therese May; Sylvia Moore in honor of the Museum Founder's Circle of SCVQA; Fiber Art Now Magazine; Janome; Piece O'Cake; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Arts Council Silicon Valley in partnership with the County of Santa Clara; the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.

    November 18: Anniversary Party 3pm to 6pm
    Please RSVP to

    Arts Council SJ City SCVQA
    Fiber Art Now


    Fractured Weave
    The Fractured Weave (Detail)
    by Kimberlee Koym-Murteira

    September 12 – December 8, 2012
    ZERO1 Biennial: Seeking Silicon Valley
    featuring Kimberlee Koym-Murteira, The Fractured Weave

    A plastic curtain assembled of repurposed materials will hang in the windows of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. The patchwork of plastic is comprised of small plastic bags filled with viscous liquid and opaque cereal bag liners painted with oil pastels. A video projection lights and activates this translucent quilt showing images of people engaged in daily rituals around the home.

    The ZERO1 Biennial, distributed throughout Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, is North America’s most significant and comprehensive showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology. Through curated exhibitions, public art installations, performances, and speaker events, the ZERO1 Biennial presents work by a global community of innovative artists who are reshaping contemporary culture. Established in 2006, the ZERO1 Biennial has presented the work of more than 500 artists from more than 50 countries; commissioned 80 original works of art, attracted over 100,000 visitors from around the world, and contributed $20 million in economic revenue to the region. To find out more about the ZERO1 Biennial, visit

    Documentation of Fractured Weave Installation from Kimberlee Koym-Murteira on Vimeo.


    These exhibitions and related programs are funded in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Arts Council Silicon Valley in partnership with the County of Santa Clara; the City of San José; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.