Tuesday Talk - Why Quilts Matter: The Quilt Marketplace - Episode 3
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Description: Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” Episode 3: The Quilt Marketplace. Tuesday Talks begin at noon and typically run for 45 minutes. They are free with admission.
The marketplace for quilts has always been a bit of a mystery. It’s hard to understand why some quilts are so much pricier than others, and why some old quilts aren’t worth anything at all. And how can an artist ask $10,000 for a brand new quilt…and get it? In this episode of Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics, host Shelly Zegart takes you behind the scenes in the quilt marketplace—past and present—where you will meet its players, learn its unwritten rules, and penetrate its secrets. Discover why one 19th-century quilt was worth $264,000 and how a quilt can go from $150 to $20,000 as it passes from picker to dealer, up the ladder of expertise. Find out how artists price their quilts in the contemporary market and how technology is changing the playing field forever.
Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, Susan Parrett, Pat Garthoeffner, Susan Kramer Hunkins, Rod Lich, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Gerald Roy, Karen Musgrave, John M. Walsh III, Mariya Waters and Ricky Tims.
“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.