Politics NOT as Usual: Quilts with Something to Say

Sept 11, 2012 - Feb 3, 2013
Boca Raton Museum of Art

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

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Politics NOT as Usual: Quilts with Something to Say

STEEL QUILTERS (organized and assembled), National Tribute Quilt, 2002, cotton and mixed media, 8 x 30 feet. Courtesy American Folk Art Museum, New York. Gift of the Steel Quilters: Kathy S. Crawford, Amber M. Dalley, Jian X. Li, and Dorothy L. Simback with the help of countless others in tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on America

Politics NOT as Usual: Quilts with Something to Say

JESSIE B. TELFAIR (1913-1986), Freedom Quilt, 1983, cotton with pencil, 74 x 68 inches. Courtesy American Folk Art Museum, New York. Gift of Judith Alexander in loving memory of her sister, Rebecca Alexander, 2004.9.1

Politics NOT as Usual: Quilts with Something to Say

Grover Cleveland Quilt, 1884-1890, cotton with cotton appliqué and embroidery, 61 x 75 inches. Courtesy American Folk Art Museum, New York