MAR 16: Free Community Day & In-gallery Demonstrations

Celebrate the weekend of National Quilting Day with NMWA! 

In honor of National Quilting Day (Saturday, March 15) and Women’s History Month, the museum is open for another free Community Day in March.

Do you have questions about quilts that have been needling you? From 12–3 p.m., find the answers and learn more about the quilt techniques, materials, and processes on view in “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts through in-gallery demonstrations by members of Daughters of Dorcas and Sons. Participating members include:

  • Alyce Foster
  • Annie Strivers
  • Donnett Cooper
  • Elizabeth Braxton
  • Geraldine Whitley
  • Shirley Hodge

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Over time, quilts have been revered as nostalgic emblems of the past, dismissed as women’s work, and hailed as examples of American ingenuity. This exhibition breaks new ground by examining quilts through the lens of contemporary feminist theory. Revealing this medium’s shifting cultural status, the exhibition explores issues of anonymity versus authorship and fine art versus craft. The display showcases 35 18th–20th-century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned decorative arts collection.