Tuesday Talk - What is Art - Episode 4

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Tuesday Talk - What is Art - Episode 4

Description: Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Why Quilts Matter: What is Art?” Episode 4: What is Art?. Tuesday Talks begin at noon and typically run for 45 minutes. They are free with admission.

You think you know art when you see it, but this episode of Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics may make you think again. Turns out the quilt is the perfect test case for a dozen theories about what makes art, well…art. Take the art vs. craft debate: As a domestic object made by women for a practical purpose, the quilt falls squarely into the ‘craft’ category, and a humble one, at that. But do some quilts become ‘art’ when exhibited, like paintings, on a museum wall? Which ones? The plot thickens when we consider the claims of ‘art quilts’ made solely for exhibition. Are they art–not craft–just because their makers say they are, and how do we know, anyway? Who knew that it takes a soft cover to define a tough concept? Join host Shelly Zegart and crew as she explores ‘what is art?’

Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, William R. Ferris, Vadis Turner, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Hollis Chatelain, Karen Musgrave, Douglas Dawson, Carlos Tortolero, James Grubola, Kathleen Loomis, Valerie White, Matt Arnett, Maxwell L. Anderson, Gerald Roy, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Mariya Waters, Bernie Herman, John M. Walsh III, Susan Kramer Hunkins, Niloo Paydar, Judy Schwender, Rod Lich, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Christa C. Mayer Thurman, Ricky Tims and Judy Marie Laval Morton.

“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.