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Quilts and Human Rights

January 15 - August 24, 2008
Main Floor Gallery

"Quilts and Human Rights" is an exhibition exploring the role that quiltmakers have played in raising awareness of human rights issues around the world and the power of textiles to communicate important ideas and information. The exhibition will feature inspiring and often provocative quilts made to document and express transgressions of human rights, to educate others about human rights issues, and to pay tribute to leaders of human rights movements. A special component of the exhibition is being developed in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, South Africa and will focus on human rights champions Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela.
"Quilts and Human Rights" and related programs are partially supported by funds from the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Michigan Quilt Project Endowment.

This exhibition is part of a special human rights theme for 2007-2008. See also http://museum.msu.edu/?q=node/340.

Related activities:
Martin Luther King Day Reception, January 21, 2008
Also, watch for demonstrations of quilting by artists from Michigan and gallery walks and lectures.

Featured quilt:
"Mr. Mandela," by Beverly Ann White, 1990, Pontiac, Michigan. From MSU Museum/Great Lakes Quilt Center collections.

Learn more here at the MSU Museum's Great Lakes Quilt Center web page:
http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/exhibits_main.html
http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/exhibits_Human%20Rights-1.html
http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/exhibits_Human%20Rights-3.html
http://www.museum.msu.edu/glqc/exhibits_Human%20Rights-5.html


Quilts and Human Rights Special Programs

Srebrenica Memorial Quilt lecture, featuring Iain Guest
March 24, 7:00 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
In 2007, the women of BOSFAM, a Bosnian women's group, began the Srebrenica Memorial Quilt, in commemoration of the victims of the 1995 massacres in Bosnia. The quilt is now on display at the museum. Bosfam’s partner in the US is the Advocacy Project (AP) based in Washington DC. Each year, AP recruits graduate students to volunteer as Peace Fellows with community-based partners around the world, including Bosfam. Iain Guest, Director of The Advocacy Project, will discuss the quilt project and AP’s Fellowship Program. The program is targeted at graduate students in the middle of their Masters program who will still benefit from the program in their second year of studies. The experience of working side by side with human rights advocates also builds leadership skills and a life-long commitment to human rights. This will prove particularly valuable to those pursuing a career in international development. For more information visit: http://advocacynet.org/page/fellowshttp://advocacynet.org/page/fellows

"Ugly Quilts" Quiltmaking Day
Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
Description: Workshop to make quilts for the international "My Brother's Keeper" project, an initiative to address the needs of the homeless. Quilts made during the workshop will be donated to the project. Event sponsored, in part by the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. For more information about the project: http://thesleepingbagproject.org/Home.html

Meet the Curator: Dr. Marsha MacDowell, Curator of Folk Arts, MSU Museum and Professor of Art and Art History
Sunday, April 6, 2-2:30 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
Exhibit co-curator Dr. Marsha MacDowell will be on hand in the gallery to informally talk with visitors about Quilts and Human Rights.

Quilts and Human Rights Music and Spoken Word Open Mike Night
Friday, April 18, 9-11 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
Music and Spoken Word Open Mike Night hosted by Sam Merciers, MSU doctoral candidate. Share your poetry and music.

Songs of Peace, Protest, & Social Justice - A Community Sing
Featuring; Catherine Ellis, Rachel Alexander, Alma Muxlow
Saturday, May 3, 2-4 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
A community singing event led by musicians Rachel Alexander, Catherine Ellis, and Alma Muxlow.

Meet the Artists

Chris Worland
Sunday, March 16, 2-5 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
Meet East Lansing quilt artist and educator Chris Worland. Worland will demonstrate making her art and be on hand to talk with visitors about her work, including "She Carries Her House" which is based on reflections of a visit to South Africa and is featured in Quilts and Human Rights.

April Shipp
Sunday, April 6, 2-5 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
Meet quilt artist April Shipp of Auburn Hills, Michigan, and talk with her about her quilt "Strange Fruit: A Century of Lynching from 1865-1965." At 3:00 p.m. Shipp will give a presentation about the inspiration for and the research that went into making her quilt.

Diana N'Diaye
Sunday, April 13, 2-5 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
Meet and informally talk with quilt artist, Dr. Diana N'Diaye. N'Diaye is an anthropologist, visual artist, Cultural Heritage Specialist and Curator at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and a Research Associate, Michigan State University Museum. At 3:00 p.m. Dr. N'Diaye will give a formal presentation about her work.

Meena Schaldenbrand
Sunday, April 20, 2-5 p.m.
MSU Museum Main Floor Gallery
Quilt artist Meena Schaldenbrand, of Plymouth, Michigan, will demonstrate making her art and be on hand to talk with visitors about her work, including "Nelson Mandela's Presence," "Merits of Bombs?," and "Peeling Layers Back to Basics" featured in Quilts and Human Rights.

Sponsor Acknowledgement for Quilts and Human Rights events:

The exhibition and related programming was supported by the Michigan Traditional Arts Partnership grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and a Creating Inclusive Excellence Funding award from the MSU Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. Supplemental funds have been provided by the Michigan Quilt Project Endowment; the Great Lakes Traditions Endowment; the Department of Art and Art History; Department of Anthropology, Residential College of Arts and Humanities; Public Humanities Collaborative; Visiting Faculty Program, Office of the Provost; and the Center for Gender in Global Context at MSU. In-kind support was contributed by the Michigan State University Museum.