Submitted by Liz M.
Fifty years ago in July 1971, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City displayed 62 quilts. The quilts were hung on the large gallery walls where paintings and other art had been shown. It marked the first time textiles, and quilts in particular, were offered as precursors to abstract art.
I did not grow up with quilters in my family (that I knew about at the time). I was in high school home economics learning garment sewing when I read about this exhibit. It was not the fabrics, but the design of these quilts that drew me in. I love the graphic quality of the quilts and the color, asymmetric designs!
Which quilt is your favorite in the exhibit? Do you feel they reflect abstract design? Do you consider them to be art? Let us know in the comments below.