April 3, 2020 to August 30, 2020

Even after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev’s late-1980s emphasis on glasnost—“openness and transparency”—continued in politics and society. Increased dialogue with the West was a hallmark of 1990s glasnost, and groups of American and Russian quiltmakers embarked on some groundbreaking cultural exchange projects. The pieces in this exhibition were made by Russian women who were taught quiltmaking skills by a group of American teachers. The quilts are dominated by images of Russian fairy tales, folk objects, and traditional architecture.

October 2, 2020 to February 28, 2021

In contrast to our current obsession with all things digital, the unique handmade object reminds us of the primacy of physical experience. Textile-based art, in particular, demands of both maker and viewer an intimate relationship with material and means. New art made with old technology always carries with it a sense of continuity, physically linking our own experience with the scope of history. But against that backdrop of humble familiarity, personal invention and poetic insight can stand out with striking clarity.

September 23, 2020 to February 14, 2021

Artist and art educator David Hornung is guest-curator of the concurrent show, Small-scale Wonders. Hornung received his BA from the University of Delaware and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also studied at Central Saint Martins in London. He has taught drawing, foundation design, painting, illustration, graphic design, and color theory at Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Skidmore College, Indiana University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Adelphi University, where he currently serves as Art Department chair.

May 1, 2020 to September 27, 2020

The block-style, edge-to-edge geometry for which American quiltmaking is most famous developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in communities and homes that relied on “homespun” for table and bed linens, and workaday garments. Along with agriculture and cooking, weaving constituted a major part of the pre-industrial economy, and looms were conspicuous features in many homes and home workshops.

April 14, 2020 to September 20, 2020

Eliza Jones’ “Song Quilts” are visual interpretations of folk music from four regional traditions in the United States and Russia. Jones, a classically trained musician, transforms field recordings into quilts via a notation method that transposes rhythm into shape and pitch into color. The Song Quilts celebrates folk music and quiltmaking, two traditions that women have used to sustain and build their cultures for centuries.

January 24, 2020 to July 12, 2020

In 1980, curator Ludy Strauss asked ten blue-chip California artists to design quilts, which were then executed (i.e., their fabrics sourced, dyed, printed, cut, sewn, embroidered) by quilters in Halifax, Nova Scotia. UNL’s Archives hold ephemera (sketches, photos, writings, etc.) related to the project, and the IQSCM owns most of the quilts.

December 6, 2019 to June 21, 2020

The word Champloo (alt. Champuru) is Okinawan slang for “mixed up” or “stirred together.” Exploring such quilt-related themes as layering, amalgamation, assemblage, materiality, color, pattern, and non-objective imagery, ten regional artists’ explore quilts and quiltmaking in the context of their own studio practices. In addition to work in a variety of mediums (painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, etc.), the show will present the artists’ experiences of engaging with the quilt form.

November 1, 2019 to April 26, 2020

UK artist Diana Harrison manipulates found items with a variety of techniques that transform them. The fabric, patchwork and quilts in Traces in Cloth retain a visual ‘trace’ of their original state, but are modified by stitching, dyeing, shrinking, bleaching, and printing. The end result is a new textile, with a tactile appeal heightened by a lack of color and an emphasis on the stitched line. Harrison is a senior lecturer in textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, School of Crafts and Design, Farnham.

September 27, 2019 to March 29, 2020

Shapeshifters inaugurates the “New Views” series in which quilts collected over the last 20 years will be exhibited at the museum for the first time. Made between 1830 and 1930, the cotton and wool quilts in Shapeshifters rely primarily on appliqué for their lively effects.

October 2, 2019 to April 12, 2020

A trained watercolorist and the daughter of seminal manga (comic book) artist Katsuji Matsumoto, Rumi O’Brien approaches every aspect of her life with an artistic sensibility, from garden design to clothing construction. But it is when she creates her highly imaginative quilts that she is peerless, exceptional, unique. Her quilts are personal narratives, depicting her own stories or fantasies impeccably conceived and exquisitely executed.


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