IQM Exhibitions

IQM exhibitions
IQM exhibitions
IQM exhibitions
IQM exhibitions
IQM exhibitions
IQM exhibitions
IQM exhibitions
Hostile Terrain 94

It was with great enthusiasm and excitement that the International Quilt Museum reopened to the public on August 4, 2020 with a stellar selection of exhibitions, including the exhibition Nancy Crow | Drawings: Monoprints and Riffs

It was an honor and delight to work with Nancy Crow again and quilt enthusiasts visiting the Museum at the end of February were thrilled by the unexpected surprise of seeing Nancy in the gallery and having the opportunity to visit with her.

The For the Love of Gaia exhibition, curated by Luana Rubin, was so popular it traveled to Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England, and will also be at the New England Quilt Museum in 2022.

The seminal exhibition Abstract Design in American Quilts celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021. The 1971 exhibition, held at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, displayed historical quilts from the Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof Collection with a focus on design and artistry. It went on to travel to galleries across the United States and in Japan.

In 2021, the IQM produced Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50. In addition to showing pieces from the original exhibition—which are part of the IQM’s permanent collection—the installation featured three supporting exhibits inspired by it.

“In this series, we wanted to bring the 1971 exhibition forward and show how it made an impact on the last half century,” said Marin Hanson, IQM curator of international collections. The first exhibition was a reinstallation of the 1971 Whitney quilts, curated by Ardis B. James Curator of Collections Carolyn Ducey, with input from the original collector and curator, Jonathan Holstein.

The second exhibit, New York Nexus, was guest curated by independent scholar Sandra Sider. It examined the impact of the Whitney exhibition on the larger worlds of studio craft, fine art and design. 

The third related exhibit, Raising the Profile, featured quilts that reflected the Whitney’s influence on the U.S. DIY movement and quilt revival of the 1970s and beyond, curated by IQM Assistant Curator of Exhibitions Jonathan Gregory.

Journey to Japan, the fourth and final exhibition, focused on the influence Abstract Design in American Quilts had on Japan. Curated by IQM Curator of International Collections Marin Hanson and Saitama University Professor Nao Nomura, this exhibit displayed works commissioned from some of Japan’s premiere quilt artists. Each quilt was constructed in the artist’s signature style in response to a piece from the original show.

“We wanted to include an exhibition that illustrated the global impact the Whitney exhibition had,” said Hanson. “It’s our first time commissioning a body of work.” 

To coincide with Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50, a new World Quilts(hyperlink) module, The 1971 Story, was launched this year.

The 1971 Story does not simply focus on the Whitney’s history-making exhibition, nor is it confined to 1971. It also sets the scene for the Whitney exhibition by looking at the entire era’s social and cultural contexts and it outlines events and movements that were influenced by or resulted from the success of Abstract Design in American Quilts. The 1971 Story is about a pivotal period when quilts burst onto a national and international stage.

The World Quilts site draws from the International Quilt Museum’s collection and scholarly resources to serve as a clearinghouse of accurate and engaging information on global quilts and quilt making. 

Additional Exhibitions Included: 

  • Eliza Hardy Jones – Song Quilts: August 4, 2020 – February 6, 2021
  • Sample Home: Wall Work by Amy Meissner, February 10 – June 26, 2021
  • Hostile Terrain 94: In September–November 2020, we collaborated with UNL’s Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design and Anthropology/Classics, School of Global Integrative Studies to present an exhibit at five UNL and Omaha sites about the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border and how it connects with Nebraska stories and communities. 

A schedule of panel discussions, lectures, film screenings and participatory workshops accompanied the exhibition and were open to the public. 

3D Exhibition Tours: 

“In this series, we wanted to bring the 1971 exhibition forward and show how it made an impact on the last half century,”