Summer Salon Series 2012: The Quilt Conversation with Andrew Printer
Artist Andrew Printer, with Ann Olsen, has organized two groups of quilters who worked at the Museum to construct two quilts recalling the 1980's. Inspired by major artworks that emerged during the AIDS crisis one group of quilters consisted of those who contributed to the original NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C. The second group historicized other themes of that decade, ranging from Paul Simon's Graceland to the fall of the Berlin wall.
The Quilt Conversation concludes a summer-long quilting project focused on the 1980's with a multi-layered finale. Reflecting the loose, messy nature of history-making this 30 minute wrap-up includes a conversation between the Alexander Jarman, Manager of Public Programs, and artist Andrew Printer about the project's inspiration and process. At the same time, the decade of Ronald Reagan, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the emergence of AIDS will be historicized by a cast of contemporary dancers and improvisational actors as it was filtered through the summer's quilt making participants.