Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection

Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection

Prolific film-maker and documentarian Ken Burns loves antique American quilts.

To him, each of these textiles represents a moment in time and American history—a nexus of individuals and geography and culture that can never be fully recovered, but which is nevertheless represented in these strikingly graphic compositions. Burns is less concerned with the provenance and genealogy of his quilts than with their gestalt—both their visual impact on the viewer, and their implicit connections to life stories.

Displayed alongside eloquent, anecdotal thoughts about quilts, collecting, art and authenticity, Burns’ quilts function as his films do: they spark dialogue and remind us—he hopes—of our shared humanity.

“Putting the quilts up permits other people to have their own associations. Like free electrons, they’ll bounce off each other, and something will happen. I’m interested in the kinship that happens from the way television shows and quilts bring people together.”

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Exhibition Specs

Exhibition Specs
Exhibition Specs

Number of Works: 26 + quotes from Ken Burns designed for vinyl
Minimum size: 400 linear feet
Booking period: 3 months
Availability: Through 2021 
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Highlights

Highlights

American Flag Red Cross
Williamsport Grange in Mount Gilead, Ohio
Dated 1918

Triple Irish Chain
Unidentified
Dated 1890

Log Cabin, Light and Dark Setting
Unidentified
1880-1900

National Recovery Administration
Unidentified Maker
Dated 1933

String Star
Unidentified
1880-1900

Center Diamond
Unidentified
1920-1940

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