Monday, May 3, 2010

Quilts From The Winterthur Collection

Winterthur quilt -- The Apoteosis of Benjamin Franklin toile about 1790
The Apotheosis of Benjamin Franklin toile, about 1790

Forty quilts from the Winterthur collection will make a stop in Wisconsin, starting later this month. American Quilts,  part of a traveling exhibition organized by the Winterthur Museum, will be at the Milwaukee Art Museum May 22 through September 6.

In 2008, I saw this collection in St. Louis. A short while later, I visited Quilt National: The Best of Contemporary Quilts at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau. In combination, the shows were like a timeline of technology and social commentary told through fabric and stitching.

For a bit of the flavor of  the Winterthur collection, here's a post from Barbara Brackman's Material Culture.

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