Celebrating quilting as a medium for both art and social change, Politics NOT as Usual: Quilts with Something to Say highlights two centuries of women who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer; women who used quilting as a venue to cast their votes, comment on the political landscape, and participate in national life.
Drawn from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, the collection demonstrates quilts as one of the most eloquent and consistent reflections of American life from the colonial period to the present.
From quilts expressing Union pride following the Civil War, promoting presidential candidates, anger at being denied the right to vote, to a call for Hawaiian independence, Politics NOT as Usual offers visitors a unique and personal context to our country’s past.
The exhibition also marks the first opportunity for viewers to see the 9/11 National Tribute Quilt outside of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The art piece incorporates quilt blocks from five hundred people in fifty states as well as Canada, Spain, Denmark, and Australia to acknowledge the loss of thousands of lives on that infamous day. The four central panels form a montage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center against the New York City skyline. In recognition of the quilt’s inclusion in the exhibition and to commemorate the day, the Museum will offer complimentary admission to the general public on September 11.
Politics NOT as Usual is curated by Stacy Hollander, Chief Curator at the American Folk Art Museum.