Fabric of a Nation

Unfolding 400 years of history, the fabrics of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston reveal the personal narratives of their makers and owners. A mother's prayer lines sewn into bedding for her son serving in the Union army during the Civil War. A formerly enslaved African American woman crafting a quilt depicting Biblical figures and celestial events. Quilted Liberty, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln marking Richard Nixon's resignation. Through these diverse and often concealed stories, these textile creations express global trade, immigration, industry, and cultural and territorial expansion. Faith Ringgold, Sanford Biggers, Bisa Butler, Harriet Powers, Nancy Crasco, Carla Hemlock, and other renowned artists grace these works with their creativity.

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