Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.9
Dimensions: 36 in X 70 ½ in X 1/4 in
Dimensions (Metric): 91.44 cm X 177.8 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Quilt titled Curtains...? created by Dorothy Dierks Hourihan and made with canvas, paint, and crochet. This quilt is actually a piece of cream-colored canvas. The right and left border are detailed with cream-colored crochet lace. The top and bottom border are created with "FDNY" and "NYPD" written in paint in an alternating and repeating pattern. On the canvas is a painting in soft-hued gray paint of rescue workers at Ground Zero.
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.