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Textile Arts Council Lecture: Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, and Politics

Why Quilts Matter

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Koret Auditorium

Shelly Zegart has spent more than three decades researching, documenting, and showcasing the rich heritage of quilting in America. Garnering national and international recognition, her work combines rigorous academic scholarship with a deep respect and personal connection to the craft. Her lectures, essays, and books embrace concerns that engage collectors, curators, historians, folklorists, and others.

Quilts, as Shelly will discuss in her presentation, are the tangible expressions of ideas about art, self, and community that range across a wide spectrum. As the quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, will tell you, the consideration of their work as art is new to their way of thinking. Zegart continues to demolish the divisions that inhibit the reception of the quilt as art—in the minds of both makers and viewers. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the evolution of her career with quilts as she shares both favorite quilt images as well as uses some key clips from her nine-episode documentary Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, and Politics.

About the speaker
Since 1977, when Shelly Zegart first fell in love with quilts, she has organized numerous exhibitions here and abroad, lectured on all aspects of quilt history and aesthetics, and written for numerous publications. She was a founder of the Kentucky Quilt Project, the first state documentation project, and the Alliance for American Quilts, which originated the Quilt Index. Her private collection was acquired and exhibited by the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Zegart was most recently executive producer and host for the nine-part documentary Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, and Politics, which has aired on more than 200 select PBS stations. www.whyquiltsmatter.org, www.shellyzegart.com. 

Ticket Information
Admission is free to TAC members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for FAMSF members and students with ID. Pay admission at the auditorium entrance on the day of the event (cash and check only).
Contact Information
Textile Arts Council
(415) 750-3627