Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2007.8.43
Dimensions: 69 in X 39.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 175.26 cm X 100.33 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Never Forget 9.11.2001
Quilt titled Never Forget 9.11.2001 created by Keiko Goto and made with fabric, batting, and thread. The top of this quilt has embroidered text: "Never Forget 9-11-2001." The center of the quilt has fabric cutouts resembling the Twin Towers. Yellow stars swoop from the top of the towers and form a collective heart of stars. To the left is a patch of a bald eagle, to the right a patch of the Statue of Liberty. Toward the bottom and to the left of the towers is the embroidered text: "Hello again."
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.