Whitework: Women Stitching Identity exhibition opens at Kentucky Museum

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June 2, 2021 to November 20, 2021
Kentucky, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Local History, Public History, Women's & Gender History / Studies

How did women express their support for the new American nation?

Featuring textiles from the Kentucky Museum and Kentucky Historical Society, Whitework: Women Stitching Identity explores the significance of early white embellished textiles that have been largely ignored, undervalued, and misinterpreted. Whitework holds a “special place” within the cultural geography of textile making, connecting regional textile making with broader narratives of American women’s lives, political participation, and self-expression during the formative years of the Early Republic. Curated by Laurel McKay Horton, Dr. Margaret Ordonez, and Dr. Kate Brown, Whitework proves that American women have always been involved in forming our national identity and culture.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Humanities, American Quilt Study Group, Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, and the Quilter's Guild of Dallas.

Learn more at https://www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum/exhibits/whitework.php


Visit the exhibition at the Kentucky Museum, on the campus of Western Kentucky University, at 1444 Kentucky Street, Bowling Green. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitework is on view now through November 20, 2021.

An accompanying catalog can be purchased via Amazon.

Contact Info: 

Tiffany Isselhardt, Development and Marketing Manager, Kentucky Museum