Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.4
Dimensions: 3 ft X 71 in
Dimensions (Metric): 7.62 cm X 180.34 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Aftermath, September 11, 2001
Quilt titled Aftermath, September 11, 2001, created by Liz Cenedella and made with fabric, batting, thread, photo transfers, and attachments. The primary colors of the quilt are red, white, and blue, placed like an American flag broken into a collage of shapes interspersed with color photo transfers of newspaper images taken on 9/11 of the Twin Towers on fire. There are also images of flags from Middle Eastern countries as well as a photo transfer of Osama bin Laden. Photos of Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters are scattered throughout the quilt.
Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt, New York City–based arts educator Drunell Levinson conceived a September 11 Quilts Memorial that would bring together the work of artists from around the world. Drawing upon her academic research into mourning customs and her expertise as a quilter and fabric artist, Levinson issued a call for quilts on a website she created for the project. She offered thematic guidelines and requested a uniform size but left the choice of material, style, and subject to each quilter. Within the first year after 9/11, she had received 94 quilts. Over the next two years, the quilts—many using the Twin Towers as a focal point—were displayed throughout the United States and in Japan.