Politics NOT as Usual: Quilts with Something to Say
Celebrating quilting as a medium for both art and social change, Politics NOT as Usual: Quilts with Something to Sayhighlights 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.
Organized by 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 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.
Politics NOT as Usual is organized by Stacy Hollander, Chief Curator at the American Folk Art Museum. Sponsored in part at the Boca Raton Museum of Art by Marleen Forkas and the Schmidt Family Foundation.
Hear curator Marisa Pascucci discuss Politics NOT as Usual on Arts Radio Network