JAN 22 Gallery Talk: Textiles in Art

Rendered, Reimagined, and Real

Get a feel for the fabric of art!

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

This week, Associate Educator Addie L. Gayoso discusses selections from NMWA’s collection and the exhibition Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts. This talk will explore the influence and incorporation of textiles in art since the 18th century.


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. Revealing this medium’s shifting cultural status, the exhibition explores issues of anonymity versus authorship and fine art versus craft.


National Museum of Women in the Arts