APR 02 Gallery Talk: Curator’s Choice—“Workt by Hand”

Explore what lies beneath American quilts! 

Looking for some artistic and intellectual nourishment during your lunch break? Join us on Wednesdays throughout the winter for short gallery talks to explore highlights from special exhibitions and NMWA’s collection with museum staff.

This week, Associate Curator Virginia Treanor discusses selections from “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts. Revealing this medium’s shifting cultural status, the exhibition explores issues of anonymity versus authorship and fine art versus craft.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Over time, quilts have been revered as nostalgic emblems of the past, dismissed as women’s work, and hailed as examples of American ingenuity. This exhibition breaks new ground by examining quilts through the lens of contemporary feminist theory. The display showcases 35 18th–20th-century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned decorative arts collection.