CANCELED: Lecture/Show and Tell: The Quilt Phenomenon

Rebecca A. T. Stevens, research associate, contemporary textiles

The quilt phenomenon is a fascinating subject that combines aspects of art, history, sociology, and material culture. People are drawn to quilts because they embody personal associations with comfort, family, memories, and so much more. This talk will trace the journey of the quilt from bedcovering to a contemporary art object. Stevens will discuss quilts as works of aesthetic beauty, storytelling, and memory keeping. She will also examine the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, the world’s largest community art project, and why its makers chose the quilt format. 

About Rebecca A. T. Stevens

Rebecca A. T. Stevens is the museum’s retired consulting curator of contemporary textiles—a position she held for over three decades. In that capacity, she lectured on five continents and curated many exhibitions including several presentations of historical and contemporary quilts. Stevens was twice a juror for Quilt National, America’s renowned biennial showcase for today's quilt artists. She is currently a museum research associate and continues to study the continuity of textile making into the 21st century. 

About Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Collectors and experts discuss textile topics and display examples from their personal holdings. You are invited to bring in related pieces to share during the program. Please vacuum your textiles beforehand, even if they are clean, to help us keep the museum pest-free. In honor of Harold M. Keshishian. Browse upcoming programs