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Patterns and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women

March 28 - September 2

In the late nineteenth century, Amish women adopted an artform already established within the larger American culture and made it distinctly their own. They pushed cultural limitations by innovating within a community that values adherence to rules,and developed community and familial preferences. The quiltsin Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women, all made between 1880 and 1950, remain among the most recognized manifestations of Amish culture, representing the historical, localized trends of only a finite period from a living and changing culture. The exhibition celebrates the quilts, the women who made them, and considers their unique role in American art today.

Image: Unidentified Maker​​, Crazy Star; ca. 1920​​, Arthur, Illinois​​, cotton and wool; 74 x 63 ½ in. (detail), Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown, Promised gift to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 


March 28
September 2
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington DC,DCUnited States
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