Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.49
Dimensions: 73 in X 37 in X 1.25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 185.42 cm X 93.98 cm X 3.175 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Quilt titled Pavlova's Dream created by Jennifer Kotter and made with fabric, batting, and thread. This quilt is double sided. The front is brightly colored with a yellow border creating a window. A figure of a cat lies in front of the window at the bottom of the quilt. Outside the window are the Twin Towers, billowing with smoke and fire. A multicolored bubbling over the right tower depicts the explosion from the impact of the plane.
The other side of the quilt is darker in color with a border in navy blue creating the window. A figure of a cat sits in the right corner. Outside the window there is nothing but the multicolored fabric swirling with blues, pinks, and purples and representing the ash cloud after the towers collapsed.
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.