Modern Meets Modern

Modern Meets Modern

What happens when the “modern” of 100-plus years ago meets the “modern” of today? 150 years ago, quilts were undergoing a radical transformation. American industry, commerce, and society were modernizing rapidly. This Modern Age of quiltmaking (1870-1940) was defined by new tools, materials, techniques, visual references, and participants. Similarly, today’s quiltmakers are finding ways to reimagine what a quilt can look like. They employ bold colors, large areas of negative space, improvisational piecing, asymmetry, and unexpected visual juxtapositions to construct fresh and novel quilts. This Modern Quilt Movement, which began around the turn of the millennium, has become a hallmark of 21st-century quiltmaking. Modern Meets Modern presents visually compelling groups in which a Modern Quilt Movement quilt is paired with a selection of antique, Modern Age quilts, demonstrating that modern-looking quilts can be found in any decade and that quilts from different centuries can hold a lot in common.

Event Date
Friday, September 24, 2021 to Saturday, March 12, 2022