APR 18 Curator Talk: “Workt by Hand”

Curious of the curator’s perspective? Hear from NMWA’s own Associate Curator Virginia Treanor.

NMWA’s series of in-depth curator talks continues with NMWA Associate Curator Virginia Treanor. Explore NMWA’s special exhibition Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts with Treanor as she shares her insights into the exhibition’s content and themes.

She will also discuss the challenges and surprises related to the curation and installation of this exhibition at NMWA. 


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 in addition to exploring issues of anonymity versus authorship and fine art versus craft. The display showcases 35 18th–20th-century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned decorative arts collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts