Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lincoln, Nebraska---Quilts and Causes

Homefront & Battlefield
Quilts and Context in the Civil War
February 3 - June 27, 2015
Great Plains Art Museum,
Lincoln, Nebraska

The traveling exhibit curated by Madelyn Shaw and Lynne Zacek Bassett will be up in Lincoln through June. Above, the catalog.

It originated at the American Textile History Museum
in Lowell, Massachusetts, and has been traveling to a few other

ATHM curator Diane Fagan-Affleck hanging the
exhibit at the Great Plains Museum of Art, which
is the last venue.

The photos are from the Lincoln Journal Star . See more here:

"When millions of Americans mobilized for war, the very fabric of life was altered. Banners, uniforms, flags and cloth marked this powerful transition. Objects and their creators tell poignant stories of war that still resonate today. See this touring exhibit, presented by the Nebraska State Historical Society, at its only venue outside the East Coast. An intriguing and absorbing look at the most divisive period in American history."

Quilt House at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln will be exhibiting related quilts from mid-March through November 21, 2015.

"Women on the American home front from the Civil War through Operation Iraqi Freedom have used quiltmaking to engage in the political, economic, social, and psychological aspects of war and loss of human life. “Covering the War” reveals how Americans experienced these needs and “covered” them with quilts."
See more information and other exhibits at this link:

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is planning their Seventh Biennial Symposium for April 16-18, 2015. The theme:

Making and Mending: Quilts for Causes and Commemoration
Presentations include:

“Civilians Face the War: Experiences on the Homefront” by Madelyn Shaw.
“Piecing Grief, Making Claims: Commemorative Quilts and American Activism” by Erika Doss.
“Quilts: Making, Giving and Sharing JOY” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
“Stitch (in) a Community Together: How Historical Signature Quilts Informed a Series of New Collaborative Projects” by Lynn Setterington.


Virginia said...

I can't wait to see this exhibit!

Anonymous said...

Ooh lovely! Lincoln is a "mere" 5 hours away. Perhaps a short vacation is in order for myself???