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作者 Smith, Karen E
書名 Framing quilts/framing culture: Women's work and the politics of display
國際標準書號 9781124743721
book jacket
說明 212 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-09, Section: A, page: 3337
Adviser: John Raeburn
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Iowa, 2011
Quilts are a unique medium that is deeply layered with meaning, highly gendered, intimately tied to social and cultural communities, and richly interdisciplinary. Though quilts are utilitarian in origin, their circulation and display take them far beyond the home---to art galleries, history museums, state fairs, quilt shows, and philanthropic auctions. As they move, individuals and institutions make significant intellectual and emotional investments in how quilts are classified, judged, and valued. In this highly politicized work, individuals and institutions shape public culture through debates about quilts' utility, workmanship, and aesthetics; they create and display quilts to further their cultural heritage, manifest their faith, delineate aesthetic values, reinforce disciplinary boundaries, and elevate their artistic status
This project uses four representative case studies to demonstrate the cultural work that women and institutions conduct using quilts and to explore what is at stake in that work. Through research into the Iowa State Fair quilt competition and the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Quilt Auction, I reveal how women employ their quilts and quilt displays to promulgate their values and shape their communities. In case studies of larger institutions---the Smithsonian Institution and the American Quilter's Society---I investigate how quilts intersect with other artistic and historic objects in their creation, interpretation, and display. Each chapter includes historical research, observations from site visits, and evidence from qualitative interviews---research that provides a historical view of each institution and an analysis of how they currently categorize, judge, and display quilts. Together, these case studies reveal that individual efforts at quilt display intersect in broader public culture, where conversations about how to value and interpret quilts are also essential conversations about aesthetics, community values, disciplinarity, and the value of women's work
School code: 0096
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-09A
主題 American Studies
History, United States
Art History
Design and Decorative Arts
Women's Studies
Political Science, General
Sociology, Social Structure and Development
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Alt Author The University of Iowa. American Studies
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