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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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.

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Quilt Stories Inspired by the Exhibition

To go along with the theme of storytelling, we want to hear from YOU about your experience with quilts, whether you create them, cherish them, or even if you were moved by a particular work in the exhibition.

Community Quilt Stories

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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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