Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.69
Dimensions: 70 ½ in X 38 ¼ in X 1/2 in
Dimensions (Metric): 177.8 cm X 96.52 cm X 2.54 cm
All We Could Do Was Watch
Quilt titled All We Could Do Was Watch created by Ann Silberlicht and made with fabric, batting, and thread. The border depicts figures of people with fabrics representing flags from different countries. In the center are two towers composed of red-and-white-striped fabric. Mesh overlays are in the shape of a pentagon and a keystone.
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.