FEB 21 Curator Talk: “Workt by Hand”

Explore NMWA’s special exhibition with DAR Museum curator Alden O’Brien.

NMWA’s series of in-depth curator talks begins with special guest Alden O’Brien, Curator of Costume and Textiles at the DAR Museum. O’Brien will discuss the content and themes of NMWA’s exhibition “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.

O’Brien will also draw connections between DAR’s quilts and those on view 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