Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021.
7:00 pm EDT/ 4:00 pm PDT | Register Here

Join curator Jennifer Swope for a digital exploration of the exhibition Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from October 10, 2021, through January 17, 2022.  Quilts and coverlets have a unique capacity to tell stories: their tactile, intricate mode of creation and their traditional use in the home impart deeply personal narratives of their creators. This exhibition brings together fifty works of art spanning the 17th century to today, drawn mostly from the MFA’s collection. Their makers reflect the diversity and ever-changing nature of America—Black, Latinx, white, Asian American, and Indigenous, also urban, rural, rich, poor, young, old, women and men. By including quilts and works of art made in non-textile media-inspired quilts created by sixteen living artists, the exhibition shows that is a living, vibrant art form. Together, the masterpieces in this exhibition tell inclusive, human stories that link us across time and articulate a rich, and the richly complicated, story of our shared history.

Image: To God and Truth, 2019. Bisa Butler. Printed and resist-dyed cottons, cotton velvet, rayon satin, and knotted string, pieced, appliquéd, and quilted. Image courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

GIVING TUESDAY and EOY GIVING 2021

If you need some textile and fiber organization to give to here are a few I would suggest:

Surface Design Association

Textile Society of America

The Marshfield School of Weaving

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