1971 was also a big year for quilts, textiles, and folk art. It was the year in which the Whitney Museum of American Art produced the exhibition, Abstract Design in American Quilts. For the first time, a major New York modern art museum displayed antique American quilts in galleries that ordinarily showcased work by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Kenneth Noland. For this dramatic entry of folk art into the fine art world to happen, someone had to first assemble a top-notch collection of quilts, then convince the Whitney to exhibit them. It was a pivotal moment that had been helped along by earlier New York museum exhibitions of craft- and fiber-related arts, and it added significantly to the momentum toward taking textile art seriously. And like any good paradigm shift, it caused controversy and tough conversations. In other words, after the Whitney exhibition, American quilts, those emblems of tradition, frugality, and domesticity, were not the same.