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December 11, 2018 to May 9, 2019

Students in Professor David Newton’s Fall, 2018 junior design studio considered the role of museums in the 21st century. Are they community centers? Cathedrals for contemplation and communion with objects? What are the benefits—and challenges—of collections-based institutions? What role should technology play in the museum experience?

November 20, 2018 to March 31, 2019

The European Patchwork Meeting convenes every year in Ste-Marie-aux-Mines, in northeastern France, to celebrate the art of quilting. Bordered by Germany and Switzerland, the Alsace region was the birthplace of the Amish movement. In 1693, the followers of Jakob Ammann broke off from their
fellow Anabaptists, and in the early 1900s, many Amish immigrated to Pennsylvania. Today, the Amish are strongly associated with their quilts, which are famous for their bold colors, simple geometry, and fine needlework.

March 15, 2019 to June 27, 2019

The “Tucson Sector” encompasses most of the state of Arizona, including 262 miles of its border with Mexico. This territory, designated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is part of the Sonoran desert—an ecologically diverse, spectacular landscape of rough terrain and extreme conditions. Water sources are scarce. Temperatures frequently rise above 100 degrees and fall below freezing at night. Violence on both sides of the border—at the hands of “coyotes” (human smugglers), sex traffickers, and Border Patrol agents—is also a threat.

February 22, 2019 to August 17, 2019

Throughout western India, people make quilts for practical reasons: to have something to sleep under, to hang in doorways, to augment dowries, to sell. They make quilts for personal reasons, as well: to document daily life, to offer as gifts, to signal group affiliation or individuality. The quilts in this exhibition were made by women and men from towns and villages across the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. These craftspeople come from varied geographic, economic, and social backgrounds, but all value quiltmaking for the creative outlet it provides.

January 18, 2019 to June 16, 2019

Liberian quiltmaking is a transatlantic tradition. American immigrants, many of them freed slaves and free-born black people, first brought their sewing and quilting skills to West Africa in 1820. They continued to practice patchwork and appliqué as they settled and helped build what would become the country of Liberia, which declared its independence in 1847.

December 19, 2018 to April 21, 2019

Valerie Goodwin is a mixed-media fiber artist whose background as an architect plays a key role in her work. Her quilts are inspired by real and imaginary maps of landscapes and cities. Her compositions work on a number of levels, from close up and far away, as if an aerial view. Surface detail is created using hand and machine stitching.

December 7, 2018 to May 12, 2019

Stitched Textiles from West and Central Africa

 
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