NEW YORK (REUTERS).- Looking at an American folk quilt is like being engulfed in a starburst of swirling shapes and vibrant colors. “Unfolding Stories: Culture and Tradition in American Quilts,” an exhibition at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, features some of the best works of the rich tradition of quilting . Jacqueline Atkins, the curator of the exhibition that runs from September 24 until December 1, and the author of several books on the subject, describes quilt making as “the true, great American folk art.” Many of the patterned quilts seem to anticipate Pop Art’s fascination with geometric shapes, lines and repetition — in some cases over half a century earlier. Log Cabin, variation; Barn Raising, 1880-1890, by Anna Lay Park is an array of multicolored concentric cubes in a combination of different fabrics. “They are really mind-boggling — eye dazzlers comes to mind,” Atkins said in an interview.