Fabric of a Nation

American Quilt Stories

$70.00

The diverse and sometimes hidden stories of the American experience told by quilts and bedcovers from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2021.

ISBN: 9780878468768 Category:

Pamela A. Parmal, Jennifer M. Swope, Lauren D. Whitley

Description

A mother stitches a few lines of prayer into a bedcover for her son serving in the Union army during the Civil War. A formerly enslaved African American woman creates a quilt populated by Biblical figures alongside celestial events. A quilted Lady Liberty, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln mark the resignation of Richard Nixon. These are just a few of the diverse and sometimes hidden stories of the American experience told by quilts and bedcovers from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Spanning more than four hundred years, the fifty-eight works of textile art in this book express the personal narratives of their makers and owners and connect to broader stories of global trade, immigration, industry, marginalisation, and territorial and cultural expansion. Made by Americans of European, African, Native, and Hispanic heritage, these engaging works of art range from family heirlooms to acts of political protest, each with its own story to tell.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 26.6 cm
Publisher name MFA Publications
Publication date 1 June 2021
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Contributors Preface by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Dimensions 24.7 x 26.6 cm
Weight 300 g
Pamela A. Parmal, former Chair, and David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Jennifer M. Swope is Assistant Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lauren D. Whitley, former Senior Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.