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The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt, designed by Faith Ringgold and made in collaboration with New York City students, will be exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from August 30, 2011, through January 22, 2012, in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt was made by students ages 8-19 in master classes with Faith Ringgold in 2006. It poignantly conveys the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three 72-by-50 inch panels, each with 12 squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several original works of art that inspired its content.
Artist Faith Ringgold is well known for her story quilts: art that combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Ringgold's work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. In addition to writing and illustrating 11 children's books, she has been the recipient of more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and 17 honorary doctorates.
The quilt was commissioned by InterRelations Collaborative Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding through art among the increasingly diverse student populations in New York City and the tri-state area.
The presentation of the exhibition 9/11 Peace Story Quilt is organized by Rebecca McGinnis, Museum Educator in Access and Community Programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will offer a range of education programs, including gallery talks, poetry readings, online lesson plans for teachers, and an inter-generational storytelling and quilt-making program for people with dementia. In addition, the Museum will present a Sunday at the Met program with Faith Ringgold on September 11, 2011
For more information, visit: www.metmuseum.org