International Honor Quilt at Hite Art Institute
University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute will display the “International Honor Quilt,” a collaborative feminist art project initiated by famed artist Judy Chicago, in its entirety for the first time, Feb 1-March 19.
There also will be a free, public reception 6-8 p.m., Feb. 12, in Hite’s Schneider Galleries.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to enjoy seeing the ‘International Honor Quilt’ and learn about our plans to use it as a tool for collaboration, education and dialogue around women’s issues and history,” said Maggie Leininger, assistant professor and director of the International Honor Quilt Project.
The nonprofit art organization Through the Flower, founded by Chicago, gifted the quilt, an assemblage of more than 500 quilted triangles honoring women, for research and study.
The colorful array of individual, interchangeable 2-foot triangles represents a wide range of stories from makers who answered Chicago’s invitation to submit quilts honoring women of the quiltmaker’s choice. The artwork was created in 1980 and accompanied Chicago’s “The Dinner Party,” a worldwide traveling exhibition celebrating women’s achievements throughout history.
In 2013, after the quilt spent almost 25 years in storage, Louisville resident Shelly Zegart, an international quilt expert, served as the catalyst for placing the project with the university.
The quilt has not been fully displayed since the early years of its creation and the display offers the public a rare view of the whole project. Quilt depictions range from world leaders such as Queen Elizabeth II, well-known figures such as author Agatha Christie and groups such as the League of Women Voters to the mothers, grandmothers, artists and teachers who influenced the quilters. Most quilts are accompanied by descriptions of their makers and subjects.
An online database of individual pieces and the stories of the women behind them is also available at uofl.me/intl-honor-quilt.
For more information call 502-852-2566 or visit louisville.edu