APR 24 Curator Talk: “Workt by Hand”

Gain some curatorial perspective with Amish quilt expert Janneken Smucker.

NMWA’s series of in-depth curator talks continues with special guest Janneken Smucker. The assistant professor of history at West Chester University and author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon will discuss NMWA’s exhibition “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.

Smucker will share her insights into the exhibition’s content and themes. After the curator talk, a book sale and signing will follow. 


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