May 16 through September 12, 2021

Scheller Gallery

Sleep Tight! features outstanding bedcovers and bed curtains from the Museum’s collection. Historically, textiles for the bed were among the most valuable goods in the home. Their large scale demanded hours of work but also offered a canvas for remarkable creativity.

This exhibition brings together textile masterpieces such as embroidered suzanis from Central Asia, hand-painted Japanese futon covers, and Pennsylvania-German quilts, some of which have never been shown at the Museum before.  Through a global selection of works, Sleep Tight! explores how community, trade, and migration all play a role in shaping traditions.

Featured image: Detail: Fulani (Niger), Arkilla Kerka (Marriage bed Hanging), ca. 1950, wool and cotton weft faced plain weave, tapestry weave, twill weave, with supplementary weft. Purchase: The Reverend and Mrs. Van S. Merle Smith, Jr. Endowment Fund, 2003. (2003.6.1)

Sleep Tight! Bedcovers and Hangings from around the World is supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust, the Julius and Katheryn Hommer Foundation, the Century Fund, the Bernard and Audrey Berman Foundation, the Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment, the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation, the County of Lehigh, the Keystone Foundation, the Allentown Art Museum Auxiliary, the Society of the Arts (SOTA), the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Friends of the Museum.