Early American Quilts from the Collection of Susan Brooks
Sept 13 - Nov 23, 2008
This exhibition presents 40 quilts from the 18th and 19th century, that were created during some of the most momentous and significant eras of U.S. history. Stitched by resilient and courageous women, the quilts chronicle the slave era and Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the Mormon and Oregon Trails, and the temperance movement.
About the exhibition, Curator Carrie Lederer states, “Quilt motifs are both a personal and universal language used to create a narrative or message. Over the centuries unique patterns have been developed, socialized, and passed on from generation to generation. From the covered wagon and log cabins, to railroads and drunkards path, graphic, colorful patterns were used to portray political struggles, battles, victories, and to share family stories of birth, love, loss, and death. This exhibition will focus on the ability of these abstract patterns to capture the life experiences and histories of the quilters and our entire country.”
For generations, the act of quilting also provided much needed solace (especially in bees), as a gathering place to find connection, friendship, and share community news. Bedford Gallery’s Untold Stories will prove to be a similar experience for people of all ages in our community. Various public programs will introduce audiences to quilting techniques, past and present; involve visitors in building a community quilt; and invite quilt fans from all walks of life to share their own stories and family heirlooms.