Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.62
Dimensions: 72 in X 36 in
Dimensions (Metric): 182.88 cm X 91.44 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Quilt titled Excelsior created by Linda Reim and made with fabric, batting, thread, and attachments. This quilt is patriotic in theme, with an assortment of red, white, and blue fabric. The background is a solid American flag. The appliqué is an abstract shape (perhaps something rising out of rubble). There are sequin stars and USA patches attached. At the bottom is embroidered the word "Excelsior," which means ever upward.
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.