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January 6, 2021 to June 5, 2021

Amish quilts captured the interest of New York art dealers and collectors in the early 1970s because of their similarities to modern abstract painting. Soon, they were adorning the interiors of urban lofts and spread across the pages of home decorating magazines. Classic Amish styles are among the most recognizable and copied of American quilt styles.

The International Quilt Museum is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. The building and its garden were all designed with quilts and quiltmaking in mind.

In the tabs below, you can learn more about the design of the building and garden.

December 4, 2020 to March 27, 2021

Sewing is ageless. The act of using a needle and thread to join two pieces of cloth together stretches back centuries. For some, sewing will always be associated with enforced tedium and drudgery, but for many, stitching has provided space for entertainment and friendship or time for meditation, reflection, and consolation. Quilting offers makers a chance to share happy times with others and to come together as an act of friendship or through a common cause. Some find refuge in their solitary sewing releasing them for a few hours from other tasks. 

August 4, 2020 to March 10, 2021

DRAWINGS: MONOPRINTS and RIFFS showcases two types of contemporary quiltmaking created by artist Nancy Crow in the period of 2011-2020. During this time, Crow focused on monoprints and machine-pieced quilts. All are explorations of color and balance, form and texture, visual tension and meaning. Crow considers these works to be quilted drawings.

August 4, 2020 to February 20, 2021

When the Soviet Union experienced severe economic, political, and social turmoil in the 1980s, President Mikhail Gorbachev responded by instituting a new policy of glasnost, “openness and transparency.” Although the U.S.S.R. fell apart in 1991, the spirit of glasnost continued in post-Soviet Russia. One result was increased dialogue with the United States, which led to groundbreaking cultural exchange programs, including quiltmaking.

September 4, 2020 to February 27, 2021

“Make it new.”
Ezra Pound

In this digital age, to make art by hand has gained fresh meaning. Now more than ever, art that emphasizes physical presence has a powerful resonance. New art made with old technology is imbued with a sense of continuity that links our own lives to the largeness of history. In a familiar context, personal invention can stand out with striking clarity. This is especially true of art made with textiles.

August 4, 2020 to February 6, 2021

How can the ephemeral, short-lived experience of a musical performance be expressed in a tangible, enduring artform?

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