Tuesday Talk - Why Quilts Matter: Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time - Episode 7
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Description: Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” Episode 7: Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time. Tuesday Talks begin at noon and typically run for 45 minutes. They are free with admission.
You can look long and hard and you won’t find an object more central to the history of women than the quilt. In this episode we look at the quilt’s historical and current roles as (among others) an avenue of personal expression, a sly medium of social and political opinion, and a building block of financial security. Unique among objects, quilts are both lowly “women’s work” and great art. They are something made from nothing; they are both nurturing and inspiring. They can communicate both intimate memories and great societal truths, and they have throughout history. Here curators, quilt makers, and scholars discuss the surprising number of ways in which the quilt has been and continues to be woven into the histories and psyches of our mothers, our sisters, ourselves.
Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, Kathleen Loomis, Janine Janniere, Maxwell L. Anderson, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Penny Sisto, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Karen S. Musgrave, Kay Polson Grubola, Vadis Turner, Matt Arnett, Judy Schwender, Mariya Waters, Niloo Paydar, Caryl Bryer Fallert, John Begley, Judy Marie Laval Morton, Hollis Chatelain and Bernie Herman.
“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.