This exhibition features quilts made between 1864 and 2010 from the Museum’s collection.

Quiltmakers, working alone or together, tell stories by assembling and stitching fabric into layered images that warm loved ones, decorate beds or hang on walls. Each quilt is as unique as its maker or group of makers, whether replicating traditional patterns or creating new designs. The materials–new, store-bought fabric, recycled scraps from old clothing, or second-hand textiles – as well as the images are themselves thoughtful choices that add meaning to the stories.

Installation view, Four Quiltmakers, Four American Stories. The Newark Museum of Art, 2021. Photo by Richard Goodbody. 

Installation view, Four Quiltmakers, Four American Stories. The Newark Museum of Art, 2021. Photo by Richard Goodbody. 

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Check out Lunch & Learn: Luke Haynes. Contemporary artist Luke Haynes discusses his work, part of Four Quiltmakers, Four American Stories—a museum moment in the making! Subverting the traditional quilting form by integrating modern concepts, Haynes transforms the comfortably familiar into the visually evocative.

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