This new documentary series focuses on why quilts are bigger than you think, seen through the lenses of history, art, and politics. For the quilter, collector or casual observer, the nine episodes take you behind the scenes and into new territory, exploring the centrality of the quilt in American culture and revealing the unsuspected size, breadth and depth of the quilt culture.
What is a quilt? This episode introduces the audience to the brave new world of the American quilt, where that question has many different answers.
We all wonder how people really thought, dressed, traveled, and behaved in generations past, and we need only to look to quilts to find out.
The marketplace for quilts has always been a bit of a mystery.
You think you know art when you see it, but this episode of Why Quilts Matter may make you think again.
In 2002 the art world was rocked to its foundations by a group of unusual, abstract quilts made by African American women from an obscure hamlet in southern Alabama.
It's now been nearly a century since quilts were first collected and exhibited and they've come a long way, baby.
You can look long and hard and you won't find an object more central to the history of women than the quilt.
"Quilt making," as one quilt maker says, "is the greatest mass movement nobody ever heard of.
The history of quilt scholarship in America is more relevant-and far more interesting-than some might think.
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