Monday, February 22, 2016
IHQ on display
I've been working for more than a year as a volunteer to catalog the International Honor Quilt, a project undertaken in the 1970s and 80s as a companion piece to Judy Chicago's great feminist work, "The Dinner Party." It consists of more than 500 24-inch panels made by women around the world to honor other women. Many of the panels honor famous women, but most are less well-known -- perhaps the maker's mother, grandmother, aunt, third-grade teacher or stitch-and-bitch sewing club buddies.
The collection was donated to the University of Louisville and it is now on display at the Hite Art Gallery of the School of Art. I visited the exhibit this weekend with several members of the Surface Design Association.
The panels had been hung once before, for a short period of time right after U of L acquired them, just so people could see the whole collection. There was no attempt to make an aesthetically appealing display, just to get everything up on the wall and have all the panels right side up (some are upward facing, others are downward facing). Here's what it looked like as we were putting them up: