Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Jun. 12, 2024 - Aug. 29, 2021

700 N. 12th Street
Wausau, 54403
PHONE 715 845-7010


Quilts are a narrative art form, featuring themes that are political, spiritual, communal, and commemorative. Quilts are infused with history and memory, mapping out intimate stories and legacies through a handcrafted language of design. “Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts” is an invitation to read quilts as maps, tracing the paths of individual histories that illuminate larger historic events and cultural trends. Spanning the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, this insightful and engaging exhibition presents twenty-three quilts from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The quilts represent a range of materials, motifs, and techniques, from traditional early American examples to contemporary sculptural assemblages. “Handstitched Worlds” demonstrates how this often overlooked medium balances creativity with tradition and individuality with collective zeitgeist. Like a roadmap, these unique artworks offer a path to a deeper understanding of America’s cultural fabric.

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