Tuesday Talk - Why Quilts Matter: How Quilts have been Viewed and Collected - Episode 6
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Description: Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” Episode 6: How Quilts have been Viewed and Collected. Tuesday Talks begin at noon and typically run for 45 minutes. They are free with admission.
It’s now been nearly a century since quilts were first collected and exhibited and they’ve come a long way, baby. In this episode of Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics, we trace their slow incursion into museum collections, watching as they finally make the leap from tester bed to gallery wall. The episode charts institutional attitudes toward quilts as objects, rationales for their selection, and the public response to their exhibition (hint: it’s very good). To make it all clear, we trace the path of one exemplary quilt from maker to museum. Finally, we explore the lure of quilts for a private collector…who’s got to have them, and why.
Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, William R. Ferris, John Begley, Maxwell L. Anderson, Bernie Herman, Christa C. Mayer Thurman, Niloo Paydar, Gerald Roy, Kay Polson Grubola, John M. Walsh III, Matt Arnett, Pat Garthoeffner, Janine Janniere, Judy Marie Laval Morton, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, James Grubola 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.