The September 11 Quilt Project

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East Village resident Drunell Levinson…announced the September 11 Quilts Memorial project on a website she created especially for that purpose. Calling on volunteers to submit 3’x 6’ or 3’x 3’ quilt panels, she left the choice of materials and the interpretation to the individual artists. Levinson separated her work into two parallel activities: The first was to raise awareness of the project, solicit volunteers and organize public exhibitions; the second was to make a documentary of the participants’ experiences of the September 11th 2001 event, and to explore how these experiences motivated them to create art. By September 10, 2002, the project consisted of 94 unique quilts accompanied by artists’ statements, photographs, memorabilia, emails, and a dedicated website.

Over the next two years, the quilts were displayed as an ensemble in fourteen exhibitions across the United States, as well as in a special presentation in Japan. In addition, Levinson created a 20-minute documentary video entitled “September 11 Quilts: Mending a Diverse Community of Artists.” The September 11 Memorial Exhibition quilts, supporting materials, and documentary were officially donated to the National September 11 Memorial Museum, forming an important addition to the Museum’s growing collection of art made in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
https://www.911memorial.org/tribute/the-september-11-quilt-project

Photographs are from “September 11 Quilts”
See more at https://www.september11quilts.org/index.html

Self Portraits~August 29

Untitled (Self-portrait from Kitchen Table series)  by  Carrie Mae Weems

1990 / Gelatin silver print / 28.3”x28.3” / Various

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Self Portrait in a Yellow Waistcoat
by  Desmond Haughton

1993 / Oil on canvas / 32”x18”
/ Royal Holloway, University of London

Love & War~ May 25

Charles & Ray Eames

(Learn more by clicking on hyperlinks)

Charles was a designer with an eye for form. Ray was an artist with an eye for color. They complemented each other on projects like coat hangers, films, their namesake chairs, and large architectural projects. Through four decades of creative work, they revolutionized design and created an indelible mark on American History. The duo was not without faults, but the pair proved to be inseparable and inspirational. They were the Eameses.

The Eames studio—part workshop, part circus— was a partnership of two free spirits: one, an architecture school dropout who never got his license; the other, a painter trained by Hans Hofmann who used objects or any other surface as her canvases. They shunned the term “artist” as pompous.

Charles and Ray Eames arrived in Los Angeles in 1941, a year after they met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Charles was married to his first wife, Catherine at the time, but Ray began assisting him and Eero Saarinen in their designs for the Museum of Modern Art’s Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition, and soon he divorced Catherine and married Ray.

There is always a karmic danger in marrying someone with whom you committed adultery. The women at the company almost uniformly describe him as charismatic. At one point (that we know of), Charles was looking to leave Ray, and was only stopped because the woman confesses, she couldn’t do that to Ray. (, Pasadena Art & Science Beat, https://ageofthegeek.org/2011/11/23/eames-the-architect-and-the-painter-or-why-feminism-matters/ )

Their partnership, which obliterated the distinctions between private and professional lives, inspired numerous contemporary working marriages…Charles and Ray, architect and artist, wanted to do everything — disciplinary boundaries meant nothing to them — and, by and large, succeeded.

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention
AD Classics: Eames House / Charles and Ray Eames
The Love Letters of Charles & Ray Eames

March 30~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Chakaia Booker (Born 1953)
African-American sculptor best known for her work using tires as a medium
https://nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/chakaia-booker

Urban Butterfly / 2001 / Rubber tires / 57”x53”

 

Kiki Smith (Born 1954)
German-born American artist’s work includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and textiles
https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/kiki-smith

Lilith / 1994 / Bronze with glass eyes / 31 1/2”x27”x17 1/2”

March 26~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), British-born Mexican Surrealist painter, artist, and writer
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Leonora-Carrington

The Pomps of the Subsoil / 1947 / Oil on canvas / 23”x37”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clara Ledesma (1924-1999)
Dominican-born artist and gallery owner created paintings, watercolors, and drawings
https://dominicancult.blogspot.com/2013/07/clara-ledesma-dominican-artist.html

Mujer y pájaro rojo (Woman with the red bird) / 1982 / Oil on canvas / 18”x24″

February 20~ African-American visual artists

Faith Ringgold (Born 1930), African-American visual artist, author, illustrator, and social activist
https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/faith-ringgold

Tar Beach 2 / 1990 / Multicolored screenprint on silk, printed cotton, synthetic moire / 66”x67”

Sam Gilliam (Born 1933), Innovative African-American painter, part of the Washington Color School
https://americanart.si.edu/artist/sam-gilliam-1811

10/27/69 / 1969 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / 140”x185”x16″

February 3~ African-American visual artists

Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901), African-American painter of landscapes and pastoral subjects
https://www.artexpertswebsite.com/pages/artists/bannister.php

Scene along the Connecticut River, Westmoreland / c.1870 / Oil on canvas / 30”x20”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harriet Powers (1837-1910), African-American folk artist and quilt maker
https://www.civilwarwomenblog.com/harriet-powers/

Pictorial quilt / 1895–98 / Cotton plain weave, pieced, appliqued, embroidered, and quilted / 68 7/8”x105”

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/5~

This self-taught Paris-born American painter was introduced into the circle of surrealist artists in 1924, and subsequently participated in all the Surrealists’ major exhibitions.

Known for his use of thick impasto and his highly abstract landscape paintings, this Russian-French painter was one of the most influential European artists of the post-war period.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2016/01/05/january-5/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/31~

This photographer dropped out during her senior year of high school, knowing she wanted to do something in the arts though she could not draw well; she found the answer in 1931 while assisting in the darkroom of a portrait photographer in the Bronx.

This artist started her career at age 46, when she enrolled in classes with the intent of making quilts for her daughters to take to college; she eventually graduated from traditional patterns to abstract designs and narratives of African American history and heritage.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/31/august-31/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/1~

This artist, an early proponent of computer-based weaving programs, established a modern context for weaving while staying true to the traditional technique of flat tapestry hanging.

This painter and printmaker’s early paintings incorporated planes receding into space, then it morphed into organic forms that looked like seeds, shells, and plants, and shapes called “morulas.”

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/01/june-1/