Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - Episode 4 - What is Art?

Episode 4: What is Art?



  • Are Quilts Art?
  • Is There a Glass Ceiling for Quilts and Their Makers?
  • Where You See It Affects How You See It
  • Not Every Quilt Is a Work of Art

You think you know art when you see it, but this episode of Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics may make you think again.ย  Turns out the quilt is the perfect test case for a dozen theories about what makes art, well…art. Take the art vs. craft debate: As a domestic object made by women for a practical purpose, the quilt falls squarely into the ‘craft’ category, and a humble one, at that.ย  But do some quilts become ‘art’ when exhibited, like paintings, on a museum wall? Which ones? The plot thickens when we consider the claims of ‘art quilts’ made solely for exhibition.ย  Are they art–not craft–just because their makers say they are, and how do we know, anyway?ย ย  Who knew that it takes a soft cover to define a tough concept?ย ย  Join host Shelly Zegart and crew as she explores ‘what is art?’

Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, William R. Ferris, Vadis Turner, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Hollis Chatelain, Karen Musgrave, Douglas Dawson, Carlos Tortolero, James Grubola, Kathleen Loomis, Valerie White, Matt Arnett, Maxwell L. Anderson, Gerald Roy, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Mariya Waters, Bernie Herman, John M. Walsh III, Susan Kramer Hunkins, Niloo Paydar, Judy Schwender, Rod Lich, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Christa C. Mayer Thurman, Ricky Tims and Judy Marie Laval Morton.


Episode Resources:

Image Resource Guideย | Image Gallery |ย Biographies


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Watch Episode Introduction:

In this video: Vadis Turner, Artist (Brooklyn, NY)


Image (page top):ย Summer Echo. Joy Saville. 1994. Cotton, linen, silk. 51″ x 54″. Collection of John M. Walsh, III.


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