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Blanket Stories: Western Door, Salt Sacks and Three Sisters

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This summer at The Rockwell, explore the histories and memories tied to humble household objects – blankets. How can a simple blanket ignite conversations? What memories are held in the folds? How can fabric tie an individual to the community at large, or to a place and time? Blanket Stories: Western Door, Salt Sacks, and Three Sisters is a collaboration between artist Marie Watt , The Rockwell Museum, and the greater Corning, NY , community, as well as an ongoing series in the artist’s practice. Watt – who draws upon biography, history, Iroquois teachings, and Seneca proto-feminism – was invited to gather stories that tether people to place and community. Each story is represented by a textile in a sculptural tower. The textiles were contributed in response to a call for blankets and their stories from the community including local residents, the greater Finger Lakes region, and friends of The Rockwell. While each blanket in this column represents one person’s story, it also serves as a marker for the collective memory of a larger extended family. Each story communicates the universal nature of our shared human condition and has the potential to unite us.

Blanket Stories: Western Door, Salt Sacks and Three Sisters
  • The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate
  • 111 Cedar Street
  • Corning, NY 14830
  • May 5, 2017 to September 5, 2017
  • Recurring daily


The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate

111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 937-5386
Come experience our collection of art about America that tells the story of the American experience! The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. There are many reasons why you should bring your family to experience The Rockwell. We offer guided tours that you can book as a group, or you are welcome to explore the Museum on your own. Open daily, The Rockwell welcomes the young and the young-at-heart to explore Art About America. From Art Hunts to our NEW Family Exploration Studio, the museum is designed to make art accessible to kids, and inspire an appreciation for art at a young age. Kids love our activities, and parents become gallery experts to guide their families through the story of art throughout America. Young museum-goers will adore the opportunity to explore on their own. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building Historic Old City Hall in Corning, New York, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community. Kids and teens 17 and under are always free and enjoy the complimentary shuttle from The Corning Museum of Glass.