Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz and the Stella Kramrisch Collections
December 12, 2009 – July 25, 2010
The first exhibition devoted solely to this unique textile tradition ever presented outside of South Asia, Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz and the Stella Kramrisch Collections focuses on two premier collections, one assembled during the 1920s and 1930s by the legendary historian of Indian art, Dr. Stella Kramrisch (the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Curator of Indian Art from 1954 until her death in 1993), the other recently assembled by Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, leading proponents of American self-taught art. The accompanying catalog, published by the Museum and Yale University Press, presents the two collections in their entireties for the first time. The majority of the Bonovitz kanthas on view are gifts and promised gifts to the Museum, while the Kramrisch kanthas are part of the Museum’s permanent collection.