Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.15
Dimensions: 70 ¼ in X 36 ¼ in X 3/8 in
Dimensions (Metric): 177.8 cm X 91.44 cm X 7.62 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Quilt titled 9/11 created by Bonnie Peterson and made with fabric, batting, thread, and photo transfers. This quilt is made of photo transfers of the portraits of victims and memorials/obituaries that appeared in the newspapers following 9/11. There are also maps and written accounts by the artist's children.
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.