Join Jennifer Swope, David and Roberta Logie Associate Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts, for a virtual discussion of Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston through January 17, 2022. Spanning more than 300 years, the 50+ quilts featured in this groundbreaking exhibition express the personal narratives of their makers and owners and connect to broader stories of global trade, immigration, industry, marginalization, and territorial and cultural expansion. Hear from the curator as she discusses the diverse stories of the American experience told by these artists and makers, from Harriet Powers to Bisa Butler.
Jennifer Swope is the David and Roberta Logie Associate Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A recipient of a Lois F. McNeil Fellowship, she attended the Winterthur Program in American Culture, receiving a Master’s Degree in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware. Swope co-authored and curated Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection, a catalog and exhibition that opened at the MFA Boston in 2014, and her most recent work has been co-curating the upcoming catalog and exhibition Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories that opened at the MFA in October 2021.
Bisa Butler, To God and Truth, 2019
Printed and resist dyed cottons, cotton velvet, rayon satin, and knotted string, pieced, appliquéd, and quilted
John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection, and Arthur Mason Knapp Fund
© Bisa Butler and Claire Oliver Gallery
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston