Keeping Busy

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

February 12 - March 6, 2016 at Historic Northampton Museum, 46 Bridge St, Northampton, MA

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

Henrietta Lambie, 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 in 1884, the first before she started the quilt and the second soon after.

Keeping Busy includes the original artwork of five contemporary artists with varied approaches to textile art and a shared interest in history and women’s stories. Each artist has created new work in response to Lambie’s mourning quilt, which will also be on display in the gallery. An exhibition catalog, including statements from the curator and artists, was be available at the opening. Download the exhibition catalog PDF.

PRESS: Hampshire College Institute for Curatorial Practice, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, WHMP Art Report, Hampshire Gazette,