The Handmade Meaning exhibition closes this week! We’re giving it a special send-off with a free gallery tour this Sunday, February 6, at 12:30 pm. After the tour, the Wisconsin Historical Museum will host a free, public exhibition reception and presentation titled “History through Women’s Hands,” two conversations about women’s craft work in the early 20th century.

The presentation will focus on the story of the Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association and the work of Mt. Horeb china painter Hazel Miller Hanneman. Presenters include Nicolas Reynolds, historian for the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; Nancy Marie Mithlo, UW–Madison Departments of Art History and American Indian Studies; Brian Bigler, president, Mt. Horeb Area Historical Society; and Lynette Korenic, art historian and director of the Kohler Art Library, UW–Madison. Both of these conversations will exemplify some of the important questions asked in the exhibition, including how craft was learned and shared, whether craft was a simple pastime or serious occupation, and the role of craft in shaping cultural identity.

Agenda for the afternoon’s events:

12:30-1:15–tour and talk in the James Watrous Gallery, Overture Center
1:15-1:30–move from gallery to Wisconsin Historical Museum on the Capitol Square
1:30-2:00–introductions, refreshments at the Museum
2:00-2:30–Conversation 1-Lyn Korenic and Brian Bigler on china painting
2:30-3:00–Conversation 2-Nancy Mithlo and Nic Reynolds on lace making
3:00-3:30–presentation of Community Embroidery Project

The reception will include a display of the redwork quilt squares created for our Community Embroidery Project. If you volunteered to embroider a square, please bring it along to share!