New Views at IQM
New Views will showcase a dozen never-exhibited quilts made over a span of about 150 years (1770-1930), in a range of familiar formats such as wholecloth, medallion, one-patch, and signature. Despite such recognizable forms, however, this group contains unusual examples of inventive - possibly “original” - motifs and patterns rendered via piecing, appliqué, and embroidery. Interesting representations of the human, animal, and vegetable forms abound. The exhibition will explore the relationship between individual prints and the designs into which they were incorporated, the artistic “motives” behind the quilts’ designs and construction, and the primacy of the grid that underpins so much of the quilt medium and its expressive possibilities.
Old World Quilts at IQM
The IQM collection includes rare and unique fifteenth and sixteenth century quilts whose provenance remains an elusive mystery, and thus we must turn to quilt history. The exhibit includes silk embroidered medallion quilts that feature stylized floral designs and imaginary, animals, and wholecloth quilts with elaborate quilted soldiers on horseback and ornately dressed musicians. These quilts have not been seen before and will spark fascinating speculation.
Friday’s tour is a rare opportunity to view a variety of quilts held by a sizeable and well-run regional museum.
Travel by bus to Grand Island, NE to visit the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. Their main building has just completed a $7 million upgrade project. Curator Kari Stofer, formerly of the Sheldon Museum in Lincoln, is excited to share with us some of their large quilt collection in the storage facility.
We’ll also take a limited tour of the grounds, which include Railroad Town, a Pawnee earth lodge, a log cabin settlement, and Henry Fonda’s boyhood home. A catered lunch is included. Tour requires walking.
UNL Library Depository & Retrieval Facility
Take an opportunity to see the materials and patterns related to Merikay Waldvogel’s research and study center. A tour at the reading room of the UNL Library Depository and Retrieval Facility (LDRF) will include Alice Brooks, Mildred Dickerson, and Laura Wheeler quilt patterns. The tour includes a peek inside the high density storage locations and showcases additional items from the Quilt Research Collections.
Behind the Scenes at IQM
Go behind the scenes of the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. Spend an hour touring the Dillow Conservation Work Room and Collections Storage with an IQM team member.