Exhibitions/ The Art of Simplicity

The Art of Simplicity: Amish Quilts from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum

November 4, 2003–February 1, 2004
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

On display are nine boldly patterned quilts, ranging in date from 1892 to 1940, that were made by women from Amish communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. The installation explores why certain quilt designs and colors were preferred in different communities, and what the appearance of a particular community's quilts may reveal about its history. Three recently acquired Midwestern Amish quilts are shown for the first time.


The Eugénie Prendergast Exhibitions of American Art are made possible by a grant from Jan and Warren Adelson.