Glasnost and Folk Culture: Russian Quilts at the Turn of the 21st Century

Glasnost and Folk Culture: Russian Quilts at the Turn of the 21st Century

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. Glasnost and Folk Culture presents American-style quilts with distinctly Russian imagery—products of an era when Russia-U.S. relations were quickly thawing. 

Event Date
Friday, April 3, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020