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Future Exhibits
at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

  • A Carolina Christmas

    A Carolina Christmas will show visitors a scene of Christmas past complete with antique toys, stockings hung with care and a decorated table top tree. The original 1835 parlor of the North Carolina home of Alexander and Sarah Shaw provides the perfect setting for the display. The room is furnished with pieces from the period including a grain-painted tall case clock. The toys date from the second half of the nineteenth century. A German Noah's ark sits on the fireplace mantel while around the room will be seen dolls, a wooden rocking horse, a 7-foot long wooden train and other toys enjoyed by children over 100 years ago. In the Rex and Pat Lucke Gallery.

    Opening November 26, 2015

  • A Century of African-American Quilts

    This exhibit showcases eleven colorful and stunning quilts, half of which have never before been seen by the public, spanning more than a century after 1875. The quilts of African Americans varied widely, depending on the date, location or community, the purpose for which the quilt was made, and the personal artistic vision of the quiltmaker. The bold designs and brilliant colors of the quilts featured in the exhibition speak to a longstanding cultural and artistic tradition within which the women designed and created their quilts. Although none of the quilts in the exhibit was made during the era of slavery in America, several of the quilters represented in the exhibit were born into slavery and others descended from enslaved families. Each quiltmaker used the humble materials of fabric and thread to create a bedcover that was warm and practical as well as brilliant in color and artistry.

    Opens January 30, 2016 in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery.

  • German Toys for America

    This exhibition will feature a colorful variety of 19th-century German wooden toys from dolls and soldiers to arks and animals. During the period, around two thirds of the toys in American shops came from Germany. Known as The Toy Workshop of the World and The Land of Toys, Germany dominated the toy market for most of the 19th-century. American toy sellers ordered their merchandise through illustrated catalogs or sent agents to Germany who personally selected the best stock with which they filled their shelves. Children played house with dolls, waged battles with soldiers, reenacted the great flood with an ark full of animals, created towns, and managed their own zoos.

    Opens Nov. 24, 2016