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June 8, 2021 to October 7, 2021

South Asia is rich in quiltmaking traditions. Women have made quilts in this region for centuries and have used them in a multitude of ways: as bed covers, seating mats, tent panels, and dowry items. Varying techniques, color palettes, and formats can be found among different ethnic and regional groups, and certain styles can help identify where a quilt likely was made. In this group of Indian and Pakistani quilts from the International Quilt Museum’s Education Collection, we look at how the techniques of appliqué, piecing, and quilting are used among diverse South Asian communities.

June 30, 2021 to September 25, 2021

"My involvement with the cyanotype process began in the summer of 2014 while I was teaching a collage workshop at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado. A fellow instructor working in the next studio incorporated cyanotype into her experimental drawing curriculum. Her students placed objects and film negatives on photo sensitized paper for brief exposures to the Colorado sun. As I watched them work, it occurred to me that one could also make cyanotype prints with paper cutouts.

February 26, 2021 to August 7, 2021

Immediately after Abstract Design in American Quilts closed in October 1971, venues around the world requested to borrow the exhibition from collector-curators Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof. The quilts’ most distant trip was to Japan in 1975-1976. It was a journey that would produce reverberations for the next several decades.

March 5, 2021 to August 7, 2021

New York Nexus presents the work of eight artists directly influenced in their studio practice by the Abstract Design in American Quilts exhibition in its original Whitney Museum setting or in other venues during the early 1970s. Most of these artists were working in painting, printmaking, and collage at the time.

April 2, 2021 to August 7, 2021

Since the early 1800s, the most common place to see quilts displayed—other than on beds—was in women’s exhibits at state and county agricultural fairs. For more than two centuries, quilts have remained objects intimately connected with women’s lives. By the 1970s, however, art museums opened exhibitions that recognized quilts as objects of art for their audiences.

March 26, 2021 to September 4, 2021

Abstract Design in American Quilts, an exhibition presented in 1971 at New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art, far exceeded the reach and impact its creators initially anticipated. In short, it became a cultural phenomenon.

A last-minute addition to the Whitney’s summer schedule, Abstract Design in American Quilts attracted unexpectedly large and enthusiastic audiences, quickly selling out its catalog and garnering outsized praise from eminent critics.

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.

 
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