Monday, February 28, 2011

Quilt Show - Art or other?

This weekend was the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show at the Hampton Roads Conventions Center.  I'm very fortunate to live VERY close to this location and LOVE to visit this show nearly every day.

I stopped by there on Thursday for a brief visit of vendors, before leaving for an appointment.

Thursday on the evening news, there was a story about a controversial quilt.  Complete with someone being threatened to be removed by police.  At a quilt show.

What had some people up in arms?  A quilt, of course.  But it was an art quilt.  Some of the offended women claimed it was por.nographic and should not have been included.

It was part of a special exhibit named "No Place to Call Home".   The description in the program reads:
"Homelessness exists all around the world.  There are a myriad of conditions that result in homelessness: poverty, unemployment, lack of education, drug addiction, abandonment, mental illness, war and civil unreast, along with man-made and natural disasters.  This exhibit takes a look at homelessness in all its implications.  Presented by the artists of SAQA and curated by Kathleen McCabe, SAQA Curator-in-Training."  
 I've been trying to decide whether or not to post the photo here or not, and let you decide.  And in the end, decided not to.  I will however post the "label" that was beside the quilt with the artists description of the piece and how it was made:

The basic description of the quilt was a woman living in a cardboard box.  She was completely naked, sitting "indian style" (that's what we called it as a kid, not sure of how else to describe it).  She was pregnant and semi-transparent, meaning you could see her breast as well as her heart and lungs, and you could see her child in her her uterus, and veins in one arm.   And since she's sitting cross-legged, you can see her private area.  And that's what had people upset.  Even demanding it to be removed.

To the credit of the quilt show organizers, they did not remove it.  I think it's up to each individual to decide how they feel about it, and move on if it offends you.  Simple.

I was personally NOT offended.  I saw it for what it was.  I enjoyed the entire show, and saw some other amazing quilts as well.

How easily offended are you by art?  Is there a point when it's too graphic?



Kirk Springer said...

Sounds like an amazing quilt.

Shay said...

I've seen the quilt (you can see it on the internet ) and I wasnt personally offended but I can see why some people might be.

Becky from Sarcastic Quilter was also at that exhibition. Sounds like it was ablast and controversial to boot.