Symbolism and Subversion: An Exhibition of Jennifer Regan's Stitched Narratives

By Cambridge Public Library

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Sábado, Junio 3 12am – 11:59pm

This is a recurring event and is coming up on Domingo, Junio 4 12am – 11:59pm; Lunes, Junio 5 12am – 11:59pm; and Martes, Junio 6 12am – 11:59pm .: Upcoming occurrences include: Miércoles, Junio 7 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Junio 8 12am – 11:59pm; Viernes, Junio 9 12am – 11:59pm; Sábado, Junio 10 12am – 11:59pm; Domingo, Junio 11 12am – 11:59pm; Lunes, Junio 12 12am – 11:59pm; Martes, Junio 13 12am – 11:59pm; Miércoles, Junio 14 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Junio 15 12am – 11:59pm; Viernes, Junio 16 12am – 11:59pm; Sábado, Junio 17 12am – 11:59pm; Domingo, Junio 18 12am – 11:59pm; Lunes, Junio 19 12am – 11:59pm; Martes, Junio 20 12am – 11:59pm; Miércoles, Junio 21 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Junio 22 12am – 11:59pm; Viernes, Junio 23 12am – 11:59pm; Sábado, Junio 24 12am – 11:59pm; Domingo, Junio 25 12am – 11:59pm; Lunes, Junio 26 12am – 11:59pm; Martes, Junio 27 12am – 11:59pm; Miércoles, Junio 28 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Junio 29 12am – 11:59pm; and Viernes, Junio 30 12am – 11:59pm.

.: Martes, Mayo 2 12am – 11:59pm; Miércoles, Mayo 3 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Mayo 4 12am – 11:59pm; Viernes, Mayo 5 12am – 11:59pm; Sábado, Mayo 6 12am – 11:59pm; Domingo, Mayo 7 12am – 11:59pm; Lunes, Mayo 8 12am – 11:59pm; Martes, Mayo 9 12am – 11:59pm; Miércoles, Mayo 10 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Mayo 11 12am – 11:59pm; Viernes, Mayo 12 12am – 11:59pm; Sábado, Mayo 13 12am – 11:59pm; Domingo, Mayo 14 12am – 11:59pm; Lunes, Mayo 15 12am – 11:59pm; Martes, Mayo 16 12am – 11:59pm; Miércoles, Mayo 17 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Mayo 18 12am – 11:59pm; Viernes, Mayo 19 12am – 11:59pm; Sábado, Mayo 20 12am – 11:59pm; Domingo, Mayo 21 12am – 11:59pm; Lunes, Mayo 22 12am – 11:59pm; Martes, Mayo 23 12am – 11:59pm; Miércoles, Mayo 24 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Mayo 25 12am – 11:59pm; Viernes, Mayo 26 12am – 11:59pm; Sábado, Mayo 27 12am – 11:59pm; Domingo, Mayo 28 12am – 11:59pm; Lunes, Mayo 29 12am – 11:59pm; Martes, Mayo 30 12am – 11:59pm; Miércoles, Mayo 31 12am – 11:59pm; Jueves, Junio 1 12am – 11:59pm; and Viernes, Junio 2 12am – 11:59pm.

Ages: 18 and Adults.


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May 2 - July 31
Lobby & Second Floor, Main Library

When author Jennifer Regan moved to Cambridge in the late 1980s, she had an artistic and feminist awakening.  She had recently left behind a whirlwind life as the spouse of a prominent Buffalo politician.  Newly divorced, middle aged, and in an unfamiliar city, Regan found artistic expression in poetry, painting, and most significantly quilt making or rather creating "stitched narratives," thematic stories sewn with symbolism and subversion. 

Reworking the traditional themes of American quilts, such as a focus on biblical stories, she created narratives negotiating femininity, marriage, motherhood, and society through a feminist lens.  For some of her pieces, Cambridge became a focal point - either directly inspiring her or serving as her subject.  The Renaissance, politics, and societal inequities deeply influenced her other pieces.  Regan's career as an artist in Cambridge flourished and she created over 100 pieces between 1989 and 2006.  Her stitched narratives can be found in the New England Quilt Museum and Burchfield Penny Art Center collections. 

This exhibit features the Library's newly acquired Jennifer Regan Stitched Narratives and explores the ways in which Cambridge influenced her artwork and new feminist perspective.  View these exciting new additions to the Library's Archives and Special Collections on display at the Main Library in the Lobby and the Second Floor. 

Join us for an opening reception on May 11 at 6:30 pm with a talk by quilt expert Pamela Weeks and educator Jennifer Regan as they discuss the rise of arts quilts and Jennifer Regan's role in the movement.