Virtual Cocktails & Collections
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, join us for a live virtual Cocktails & Collections event featuring art from the MFA’s special exhibitions and Collection galleries. Make an art-inspired signature cocktail ahead of time (we’ll provide the recipe), and enjoy a specially curated art tour from home!
Featured exhibition — Pieced & Patterned: American Quilts, c. 1800 – 1930
This exhibition features more than thirty extraordinary quilts whose design, materials, and craft reflect the complexity and richness of American life from the brash first decades of the republic through the trauma of the Great Depression. Pieced & Patterned is drawn from private collections. It includes superb examples of this quintessentially American art form, ranging from early appliqued textiles to boldly graphic bed coverings of the early modern era.
Pieced & Patterned presents a rare chance to experience these fragile yet resilient textiles, consummate pieces of art that were treasured and handed down across generations. Their beauty is matched only by their role as repositories for memory and history—extraordinary testimonies to the role of women in the political, social, and cultural life of the United States.
Signature cocktail — Sidecar (Get recipe here)
Dr. Stanton Thomas, Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, has served as the head of the curatorial department since 2018. He received his Ph.D. in Northern Renaissance art from Case Western University, and holds an MA from the University of Missouri, Columbia. His recent projects at the MFA include A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection (2019) and Drawn to Beauty: The Art and Atelier of Jean Schlumberger (2018-2019).
Assistant Curator Erin Wilson joined the MFA’s curatorial team in 2017. She has been involved with such diverse exhibitions as Fairyland Lustre, The Darkly Magical World of Daisy Makeig-Jones (2018-19), ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories as told by Jennifer Angus (2019-20), and Explore the Vaults: Abstraction and the American Scene (2020-21). Wilson received her BA in Arts Administration from the University of Tampa, and her MA in Art History from the University of South Florida.
Cocktails & Collections is free for MFA members, and $10 for not-yet members (members must register and log in to receive discount).
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