Exhibition File – Homefront & Battlefield

Quilters and Civil War buffs take note — the American Textile History Museum’s exhibition Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War examines this major U.S. event with a new lens. Placing textile-related artifacts at the center of the show, “each object represents a deeply moving and insightful personal story, from the noose reportedly used to hang abolitionist John Brown to a mother’s quilt stitched with the uniforms of her two sons, one who fought in Confederacy gray and the other in Union blue.”

This exhibition is sure to raise new thoughts and feelings about the Civil War and challenge assumptions about the importance of textiles to life, especially during times of war.

New Englanders should head there before it closes on November 25.

Address: 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, Massachusetts
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10-5
Admission: adults $8, students and seniors $6, children under 6 and members free
Website: www.athm.org/exhibitions/current_exhibitions/exhibition_homefront_battlefield.php

Exhibition File – Pioneer Ladies

Pioneer Ladies exhibition image, from University of Alberta Museums

Mug shots and textile artifacts aren’t generally paired together in museum exhibitions, but Pioneer Ladies [of the evening]: A commemorative landscape for women on the margins in Western Canada, 1878-1916 uses them to “explore contributions of women on the margins to . . . history.”

The lives of several women are elucidated through their historic garments and quilts and mug shots at the University of Alberta Museums. Their stories sound fascinating, and I wish I could see this show. The exhibition runs through February 24, 2013.

Address: University of Alberta, 1st floor Human Ecology Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-7, Saturday 8:30-4, Sunday 12-4
Website: www.hecol.museums.ualberta.ca/en/ClothingAndTextiles/Exhibitions.aspx