The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Keeping Busy: Five Artists Respond to Henrietta Lambie's Mourning Quilt c.1884

Keeping Busy: Five Artists Respond to Henrietta Lambie's Mourning Quilt c.1884

Historic Northampton Museum, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA
Opening reception: Friday, February 12, 5-8pm (Arts Night Out)
February 12 - March 6, 2016

Artwork by Angela Zammarelli, Anna Slezak, Annie Sollinger, Kat Howard, and Lucy Trainor; curated by Esther S White

At the end of the 19th century, American quilt design was turned on its head by women making wildly embroidered, richly textured, and shockingly asymmetrical “Crazy Quilts” made from velvet, silk, and plush fabrics. Henrietta Bryan Lambie (1852–1932), a Northampton resident, started a crazy quilt in 1884, at the height of the American crazy quilt craze. Her quilt was made as a memorial to the two young children she lost that year.

Keeping Busy includes Lambie’s quilt alongside the artwork of five contemporary artists who have varied approaches to textile art and a shared interest in history and women’s stories. Each artist has created a new piece in response to Lambie’s mourning quilt, investigating themes as diverse as the Victorian language of flowers, personal loss, Reproductive Justice, Victorian and contemporary American mourning practices, popular images of childhood, family textiles, and making do.

An exhibition catalog, including an introductory essay and artists' statements, will be available at the opening.

Supported in part by the River Valley Food Co-op. Thank you!
Produced by Fugitive Arts.

Photo above: "This Will Not Keep You Warm" (detail), 2016 by Angela Zammarelli

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