Posing with Patchwork: Quilts in Photographs, 1855-1945

Posing with Patchwork: Quilts in Photographs, 1855-1945

Posing with Patchwork

“Posing with Patchwork: Quilts in Photographs, 1855-1955” presents a group of antique and vintage photographs in which quilts are part of the scene. The quilts in these photographs are one element in a larger, human story; maybe it’s a story about family relationships, about remembering, about identity, about community. Sometimes we can pull the stories from the shadows by looking for clues: inscriptions on the photograph itself, elements of costume and fashion, or the way in which the quilt is used as a prop—from acting as a decorative backdrop to blanketing a deceased loved one.

These photographs range in age from the early years when photography was a complicated and specialized process for professionals, to the days when most families owned an easy-to-use camera.  But in all of them the photographer and the subjects chose to include a quilt—a decision that enhances our understanding of the image and illustrates the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

The photographs in this exhibition come from the collection of Janet Finley.

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About the Guest Curator

About the Guest Curator
About the Guest Curator

Throughout childhood and as an adult, Janet Finley has always pursued photography as a serious hobby. Her collection of photographs including quilts began when, as Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (2000-2004), an intern showed her photographs of 1930s quiltmakers. Finley was immediately intrigued. The people in the photographs seemed to say to her, “Look at me and understand that I was a person in this time and place.” Her collection now numbers nearly 1,000 images, many of which are featured in her recent publication, Quilts in Everyday Life, 1855-1955: A 100-Year Photographic History.

Sponsors

Sponsors
Sponsors

Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment

Event Date
Friday, March 1, 2013 to Saturday, November 30, 2013