In Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Filling Station,” she laments the dirtiness of a gas station before noting a surprising presence. She asks, “Why, oh why, the doily? / (Embroidered in daisy stitch / with marguerites, I think).” The answer, she concludes, is “Somebody loves us all.” The Pattern and Decoration Movement of the 1970s and 80s championed domestic touches, feminine motifs—patchwork, florals, intricate lacings—and associated forms from folk and textile arts to ceramics. “With Pleasure” is the first scholarly survey of P&D art, once dismissed as merely decorative, and too long understudied. —C.J.F.
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