Two centuries of women’s work and the myriad ways that’s been historically valued are on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibition, “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.”
The term “Workt by hand” is common in quilting parlance and refers to the distinctive skill and personal connection a craftsperson brings to each object. Through patterns and styles — including “barn raising,” “log cabin,” “double wedding band” and “crazy quilts” — the 35 works from the 18th to 20th centuries act as a stand-in for larger questions of art vs. craft, authorship and anonymity, and the relative weight of women's labor and influence during specific cultural moments.
The five-part exhibition comes from the Brooklyn Museum’s decorative arts collection. It is divided into overarching themes, not wholly chronological, that provide a feminist framework and context to the understanding and resonance of quilts dating back to America's earliest times.Continue reading this article in the Washington Post...
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