Thursday, January 21, 2016

Notable Quilt Exhibit

There will be an exhibit at the Hite Art Institute on the campus of the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY, called "Capturing Women’s History: Quilts, Activism, and Storytelling." Put this exhibit on your "Must See" list if you are are interested in feminist history and the feminist art movements of the 1970s and 80s. (See the comment by Kathy Loomis.)

It features the International Honor Quilt (exhibited for the first time in its entirety). The International Honor Quilt consists of 539 individual triangular quilts produced by women and groups from around the country to celebrate individuals, women’s organizations, and women’s issues. In addition to the quilt, the Hot Flash Fan (1985) will also be on display. Initiated by Ann Stewart Anderson and Judy Chicago, the work includes the participation of 50 Kentucky artists and incorporates mixed media approaches to quilting.

The exhibition includes a rare opportunity to view historical documentation of the making of the quilts, to listen to stories about each quilt, and to learn how art can inspire social change. In 2013, the Hite Art Institute was gifted the International Honor Quilt by Through The Flower, a non-profit organization created by Judy Chicago in 1980. The Hite Art Institute in association with the University of Louisville is charged with utilizing the project to promote social engagement and inspire change.

You can view this exhibit at the Schneider Hall Galleries at the Hite Art Institute in Louisville, KY, from February 1 - March 19, 2016. The opening reception will occur on Friday, February 12, 2016, from 6pm - 8pm. If you can't make the opening reception but would like to see the exhibit, the gallery hours are Wed - Fri: 9am - 4:30pm and Sat - Sun: 1pm - 5pm. You can find a map here if you are interested in seeing this exhibit.

Some of the information for this blog post came from the Hite Art Institute show flyer.



Kathleen Loomis said...

I've been spending a lot of time with this collection as a volunteer, trying to get the catalog accurate and up to date.

I'd rate this a must-see only if you're interested in feminist history and the feminist art movements of the 1970s and 80s. If you're just wanting to see beautiful quilts, go to some other show.

I think many viewers will be intrigued by the people who are honored by these panels and wonder who they are and what they did (not sure whether there will be a reference book or computer terminal at the exhibit in which you can look this stuff up) but I don't think many people will be in awe of the artistic vision or execution, in fact those are pretty lame for many of the panels.

Don't want to discourage people from attending the exhibit, but want to make sure they don't get their hopes up too high for the wrong things.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! Are you going? I'd love to go when it's warmer. LOL