Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50: Raising the Profile

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Date: Apr 2 - Aug 7
Venue: International Quilt Museum
Location: 1523 N 33rd St.
Ticket Price: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors (age 65+), $4 Child (age 5-18), Free for Child (under 5) and UNL faculty, staff and students, $16 Family (up to two adults with dependent children or grandchildren 18 and under)
Time: 10am-4pm Tues.-Sat.
Phone: (402) 472-6549

Quilts have been part of American folk culture for more than 200 years, but in 1971 a premier art museum raised quilts’ profile by exhibiting them as art in the country’s cultural capital, New York City. Abstract Design in American Quilts at the Whitney Museum of American Art, along with many subsequent exhibitions and much positive publicity—and some negative, opened new spaces for quilts in the evolving American social and cultural landscape. Thereafter, quilts old and new were frequently displayed and interpreted as art. A market for antique and contemporary quilts emerged and grew in sophistication. Quilts gained recognition as a women’s art form and as documents of women’s lives past and present. Lastly, quilts became objects of serious scholarly study. A dash to preserve these carriers of women’s history spawned many grassroots documentation efforts and contributed to establishment of numerous museums devoted to quilts. Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50: Raising the Profile explores these spaces and the quilts and the quiltmakers who circulated within them. Curated by Dr. Jonathan Gregory Coryell Gallery