MAR 21 Curator Talk: “Workt by Hand”

Get the insider’s perspective of our exhibition from Brooklyn Museum curator Catherine Morris.

NMWA’s series of in-depth curator talks continues with special guest Catherine Morris, curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Morris organized “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts, now on view at NMWA. She will share her insights into the exhibition’s content and themes. 


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