Tuesday Talk - Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - Episode 2
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Description: Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” Episode 2: Quilts Bring History Alive. Tuesday Talks begin at noon and typically run for 45 minutes. They are free with admission.
We all wonder how people really thought, dressed, traveled, and behaved in generations past, and we need only to look to quilts to find out. Since quilts were made—not by artisans—but by ordinary women whose lives they closely reflect, they are fonts of information about the people and periods they represent. In this episode we will explore the quilt’s unique ability to preserve, not only our own family histories, but the history of America beyond the reach of memory. Join host Shelly Zegart as she analyzes quilts from two centuries up ago to the present, extracting information about everything from the state of transportation to the prevalence of smoking in their makers’ world.
Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, Kay Polson Grubola, Ricky Tims, James Grubola, William R. Ferris, Matt Arnett, Gerald Roy, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Maxwell L. Anderson and Janine Janniere.
“Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” is an exciting and thought-provoking nine-part documentary series that will change the way you think about quilts. Uncover the unsuspected size and depth of quilt culture. Delve into the inner workings of the art world, explore behind the scenes in the quilt marketplace, and journey into the complicated, kaleidoscopic world of quilts. Explore two centuries of history, watch as women gain power from their handiwork, and consider the nature of art itself. The International Quilt Study Center & Museum will share the documentary and lead discussion on this series throughout the year as we celebrate 20 years of quilt study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Executive Producer and Host for the series, Shelly Zegart, a co-founder of The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., The Alliance for American Quilts, and an expert at the forefront of quilt study for over three decades, has created the first series for television to show the world that quilts are bigger than people think. Using hundreds of examples from quilt makers past and present, Zegart introduces viewers to a group of enlightened academics, savvy dealers, and passionate quilt makers who share their personal stories, experiences and opinions.
Written by Ann E. Berman, author and former art world journalist, and produced by Doug Jefferson, founder of Focal Point Productions, Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics was independently produced and funded.