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Creating the Bingham-Miller quilt collection
Quilts from Kentucky and Beyond: The Bingham-Miller Family Collection presents 39 American quilts made between the 1830s and the late 1990s. All but one come from a private Louisville collection assembled over the course of three decades, beginning in the late 1970s. The quilts found here were originally exhibited at the Speed from June 19 through September 18, 2011.

Though diverse, the quilts share many connections. All are documents of economic history, reflecting the development and expansion of textile production and distribution in the United States. The array of patterns and techniques illustrates quilts' remarkable adaptability to changing popular tastes, the availability of materials, and the whims of individual quilters. For their makers, these quilts provided a creative outlet that affected the aesthetic
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A curator's view of the Bingham-Miller collection
experiences and material lives of those who saw and used them. That the quilts have survived speaks to their enduring cultural value.

The Speed Art Museum thanks Eleanor Bingham-Miller and Shelly Zegart for making the exhibition Quilts from Kentucky and Beyond possible. This online version is made possible through the generosity of Eleanor Bingham-Miller.


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