Tuesday Talk with Peggy Hazard and Jody Ipsen

Tuesday Talk with Peggy Hazard and Jody Ipsen

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Peggy Hazard and Jody Ipsen will present on the exhibition "Los Desconocidos / The Unknowns" from 12-12:45 p.m. for Tuesday Talk. The exhibition will be on display at the International Quilt Study & Museum March 15-June 27. Tuesday Talks are held in the Campbell and Hodder Seminar Room and are complimentary with admission.

About the Presenters
Peggy Hazard
is an independent art exhibit curator, artist and quiltmaker in Tucson, Arizona, whose art history M.A. thesis surveyed local African American quiltmakers. Over a 19-year career at Tohono Chul Park, she curated nearly 100 exhibits portraying the diverse cultures and artists of the Southwestern United States, including exhibits of historic and contemporary quilts and needlework. She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group, Arizona Quilt Study Group, and is an active volunteer with the Tucson Quilt Documentation team and the Migrant Quilt Project. She served on the planning committees for the Patterns of the Past quilt history conferences (1996, 1998 and 2001) in Tucson and presented From Cactus Needles to Quilting Needles, examining botanical-themed quilts in Arizona. She helped organize the Arizona Historical Society's 100 Years/100 Quilts exhibit celebrating Arizona's centennial and curated Quilts Making a Difference, an exhibit for the 2012 Tucson Meet Yourself folk life festival, featuring quilts created for fundraising and consciousness-raising purposes. In September 2016, she presented her Uncoverings 2016 paper, "What the Eye Doesn't See Doesn't Move the Heart: Migrant Quilts of Southern Arizona," at the American Quilt Study Group's annual seminar. Her other passion is accessibility in the arts; while at Tohono Chul Park, Peggy curated a series of award-winning, hands-on Please Touch! art exhibits for sighted and vision-impaired people, and served as a board member of ARTabilityAZ, an affiliate of the international organization on arts and disability based at the Kennedy Center. In September 2018, Peggy was inducted into the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.

As an activist for social justice issues for the past thirteen years, Jody Ipsen has been publicly speaking on behalf of nearly 3,200 migrants who have perished in the Tucson Sector in the borderlands of Arizona. By giving voice to the deceased, founder and director of the Migrant Quilt Project, she writes and advocates for humane immigration reform. By utilizing compassionate memorial quilts to honor those who have died in the Tucson Sector, she illuminates the plight of migrant deaths by contextualizing personal stories of loss to shed light on policies such as death by deterrence that is responsible for over 6,000 deaths along the entire U.S./Mexico border. Ipsen has a master’s degree in creative nonfiction, which lends itself to storytelling, public advocacy and education. Her essay, Prudencia, is published in a Freshman English, college textbook, Writing Today, published by Pearson. It weaves together Prudencia’s deadly odyssey from Todos Santos, Guatemala to the scorching Sonoran Desert where she succumbed to heat exposure less than ten miles from Tucson. Ipsen has presented The Migrant Quilt Project to numerous audiences and venues, including schools, colleges, public libraries, churches and art exhibits. She is committed to The Migrant Quilt Project until there are no more deaths in the desert.

About the Exhibition
Each year, many migrants perish in the Tucson Sector—the region between Yuma, Arizona and New Mexico—as they try to cross from Mexico and Central America into southern Arizona. Some of their remains, found in the Sonoran desert, are unidentifiable, and these “unknowns”—los desconocidos—are commemorated, along with the others, in quilts that incorporate materials collected by humanitarians along established desert trails: blue jeans, bandanas, work shirts, and embroidered cloth. Founded by Jody Ipsen, the Migrant Quilt Project has documented the tragedy of migrant deaths since 2000 in fabric collages that blend the narrative, iconographic and typographic power of Mexican folk art, Abstract Expressionism, and Russian Constructivism.