Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.24
Dimensions: 72 in X 35.75 in X 0.25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 182.88 cm X 90.805 cm X 0.635 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
I Thought We Learned
Quilt titled I Thought We Learned created by Baju Wijono and made with paint and charcoal on fabric with thread. In the upper left corner of this quilt is a painting of a human neck and lower jaw with the bottom lip and teeth showing. Next to this painting is the text: "We fear the unknown." In the lower left corner is a painting of an older woman with high cheekbones and white hair. Her eyes are closed and her collar is black and feathery. Text to the left of this painting reads: "I was born in 1900 and have lived through a number of wars | I thought we learned our lesson."
In the upper right are three smaller successive paintings of a female face sleeping. Text reads: "When you dream alone, you own the world!! But we Rent the World and Share the dream." In the lower right are two squares painted blue with text: "Where do prayers go?" The patch on the right is abstracted. Above the patch on the left is a painting of praying hands holding a flower.
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.