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Tuesday Talk - Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - Episode 9

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

Tuesday Talk - Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - Episode 9

Description: Join us for a viewing and discussion of “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” Episode 9: Quilt Scholarship: Romance and Reality. Tuesday Talks begin at noon and typically run for 45 minutes. They are free with admission.

The history of quilt scholarship in America is more relevant—and far more interesting—than some might think. To begin with, there was once a time when it wasn’t very scholarly at all. Turns out that the quilt was so beloved, so central to the myth of American life, that many scholars failed to debunk the legends and folklore it had engendered. Today the field has grown into a serious discipline generating material of interest—not just to the quilt world — but to a dozen other important disciplines from material culture to sociology. The quilt is central to them all.

Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, Stacy C. Hollander, Bernie Herman, Elizabeth V. Warren, Carol Ely, Lee Kogan, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Sue Reich and William R. Ferris.

“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.