Stitching Memories

 

 

 

 

Film Screening Event:
Faith Ringgold: The Last Story Quilt
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
12 – 1 pm, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
Refreshments will be served.

This film tells the inspiring story of contemporary African-American artist Faith Ringgold. Now world-renowned, particularly for her story quilts which focus on African American themes, Ringgold tells how she chose her particular medium, and recounts how she first became an artist and the adversities which she overcame to pursue her career.

Exhibit:
On display February 1 – March 31, 2012
Geisel Library, 2nd Floor, Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Area (west wing)
Open to all.

For generations African American women have expressed their lives and artistry through quilting.  Even before emancipation, quilts provided much more than warmth:

Denied the opportunity to read or write, slave women quilted their diaries,
creating permanent but unwritten records of events large and small,
of pains and loss, of triumph and tragedy in their lives.
—Gladys-Marie Fry, Stitched from the Soul

Today quilts continue to be a vital expression of African American life:

Quiltmaking is, for certain African American communities, more than just one of the most
popular art forms today. It is a connection with their history and an affirmation of creative
identity; a way to record history and a means to forge the future.
—Ena G. Heller, Threads of Faith

This exhibit moves from the past to the present, exploring the creation and significance of quilts for generations of Americans. Quilts and the idea of quilting have also threaded their way as metaphors through poetry and literature and even into the political arena. And today, many children’s books have been inspired by quilts and quilting.

We are particularly proud to showcase quilts created by local African American quilters from the San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild. Like women before them, these quilters have created vibrant beautiful quilts from new, re-used, reclaimed, and found materials. Their remarkable work encompasses both traditional and contemporary styles.

Visit the exhibit in the Geisel Library building to view quilts, learn about quilting techniques, historically significant quilts and quilters, controversies surrounding so-called quilt codes, and more.

Quilt Show, Reception, & Panel Discussion
February 15, 2012
Seuss Room, Geisel Library building
11:oo am Reception
12:oo pm Panel Discussion
Open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Like women before them, these quilters have created vibrant, beautiful quilts from new, re-used, reclaimed, and found materials. Their remarkable work encompasses both traditional and contemporary styles. Through their work and a panel discussion, they, too, have a story to tell.   Join us for a Quilt Show, Welcome Reception and Panel Discussion by members of the San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild. The stunning works of the quilters from the San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild challenge the commonly held misconception that African American Quilts comprise only strip quilts, patchworks, or rustic creations that reflect what many scholars claim to be an African aesthetic.   African American quilts and quilting traditions defy simple categorization. The additional quilts that will be displayed at the Quilt Show include examples of “Quilted Photography,” a technique pioneered by African American quilter, Tammie Bowser,that turns fabric into intricate pictures, as well as dazzling art quilts, traditional quilts, and much-loved family treasures. All of these quilts document our lived experience, patching together tradition and innovation in a vibrant and vital art form.  Guild members will also be present to answer questions about the Guild and visitors will have the chance to purchase raffle tickets to win the Opportunity Quilt 2012.  The panelists will discuss quilts they have made, and the variety of techniques they have used.

Panelists:

D’Andrea Mitchell, Local Expert in Quilted Photography
Constance Robinson, Quilting Instructor
Sheila Williams, President, San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild

Professor Boatema Boateng, from the UCSD Communication Department, will moderate.

The Panel Discussion is generously sponsored by:
LAUC-SD Committee on Diversity
The UCSD Department of Communication
UCSD African & African American Research Center
The San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild

2 comments for “Stitching Memories”

On February 15, 2012, 2:05 PM Pat Jordan said:

I would like to get in contact with Vivian Townes as I use to work with her and now that I’ve started to quilt and am retired, I’d like to get in touch. Can you pass my email and phone on to her for me? Phone is 951-663-5345. Email: pjordan@ucsd.edu
thank you

On February 16, 2012, 8:45 AM Singh, Gayatri said:

we forwarded your contact info. :)

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