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Tuesday Talk - Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - Episode 1

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Tuesday Talk - Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - Episode 1

Description: Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” Episode 1: Quilts 101 – Antique and Contemporary Quilts. Tuesday Talks begin at noon and typically run for 45 minutes. They are free with admission.

What is a quilt? This episode introduces the audience to the brave new world of the American quilt, where that question has many different answers. If a ‘real’ quilt is a three-layer fabric sandwich sewn together and folded over a bed, how do we define the quilt that is an amalgamation of fabric, photography, print making and other media, and hangs on a gallery wall? Our experts contribute varying perspectives, setting the stage for the complexity of the series’ larger topic: Why quilts matter and how they relate to history, art and politics. This episode also takes a look at judgments of quality in the quilt world. Learn what makes one antique quilt more valuable and important than another, and why contemporary quilts are judged by a very different set of standards. To close the episode, experts provide practical suggestions for quilt fans who want to develop their ‘eye’ for a great quilt. In short, it’s Quilts 101, and the perfect introduction to a surprisingly complex subject.

Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, William Ferris, Karen S. Musgrave, Christa C. Mayer Thurman, Gerald Roy, Tom Pfannerstill, Matt Arnett, Bernie Herman, Clifton Anderson, Niloo Paydar, John M. Walsh III, Susan Parrett, George Allen, Rod Lich and Douglas Dawson.

“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.