Quilting a Future: Contemporary Quilts and American Tradition

Columbus Museum of Art 

Located in Lower Level Walter Wing
On view October 6, 2023–January 28, 2024

Admission Information

Quilting a Future: Contemporary Quilts and American Tradition is a special exhibition and requires an additional fee.

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Member Preview Party of Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community and Quilting a Future: Contemporary Quilts and American Tradition
Thursday, October 5, 5:00–8:30 PM
Columbus Museum of Art

Members are invited to a special preview before the exhibition opens to the public.

Evening Highlights

5:00 PM
Member exclusive exhibition viewing begins for Accra! and Quilting a Future.

6:00 PM
In conversation: Accra! featured artist Kwesi Botchway and author Derek (DK) Nnuro, Curator of Special Projects at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art

7:00 PM
In conversation: Quilting a Future featured artists, Max Adrian and Wendy Kendrick and co-curator Sarah Berenz, Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow

This member-exclusive evening includes gallery viewing, light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and exhibition talks.

Seating for talks is first come, first served. Call 614.629.0363 with questions.

Please RSVP in advance

Member Preview Registration

Exhibition Description

Presenting a view of the past, present and future of American quilting, the exhibition examines how artists portray social, political and environmental concerns. Quilting a Future explores traditions of pattern and technique, the expression of narratives and hidden language, the influence of quilting on historic costume and contemporary fashion; and weighs ideas of material economies and ecologies, considering the trajectory of material waste across the globe. Offering a culturally sensitive, socially conscious and ecological perspective, the exhibition points a way toward a more thoughtful and respectful material future.

Learn More About the Exhibition


Tura Oliveira, O Spirits of whom my soul is but a little finger, Direct it to the lid of its flesh-eye (They begin their journey into the brutality garden, the cosmic hedge maze) (detail), 2022. Hand-dyed cotton and cyanotype on silk. Courtesy of the artist and Geary Contemporary, NY; Photo: Walker Esner


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