Quilts and Human Rights Programming Series

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Open at the Pick Museum of Anthropology

September 5 - May 11, 2018


“Honor is Hereby Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts” Activist Quilter Lecture

February 20 - 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Pick Museum of Anthropology

Please join the Pick Museum as we welcome activist quilter, Gina Adams as she presents “Its Honor is Hereby Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts” on Tuesday, February 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m.. Gina will discuss how she utilizes textile art to expose and confront the history of injustices faced by Native Americans.

“Sewing together injustice with an object of comfort stirs deep emotion. For I, as all people of Native American descent, have carried around a heart-wrenching history, a burden and a loss. Now I choose to weave that over-arching sadness into a source of tremendous comfort. I am taking the burden of the broken treaty placing it on top of the work of the original Colonists. Putting the words of the Broken Treaty on quilt subjects the Colonists to the truth; and forces them to experience their own unhooked treaties.” – Gina Adams

Gina will also be giving a noon lecture entitled, “Indigenous Feminism” on February 20 at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Reavis 103. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/2C2jBqi

Visit Gina's website to learn more about her and to see some of her work. 

This lecture series is proudly presented by the Pick Museum of Anthropology, the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and the NIU School of Art and Design.


Action Card Initiative

Now through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 - Pick Museum of Anthropology, Cole Hall

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology now through February, as it partners with five local organizations, Huskie Food PantryHope Haven of DeKalb County, Inc.Safe Passage, Inc.Family Service Agency of DeKalb County, and American Indian Center - Chicago to raise awareness of needs in the local community. Visit the Museum’s “Quilts and Human Rights” exhibition, select your favorite Action Cards, and donate canned food, bedding, and hygiene products, or show your support for children, seniors, or indigenous communities in need. November 28 is #GivingTuesday so kick it off by bringing your donation to the Museum’s front desk in Cole Hall.

Past Events


Panel Discussion 

“Piecing Our Stories: A Student Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson”

September 5 - 12:30 p.m., Sandberg Auditorium

NIU Students, please bring your OneCard.

This event is co-sponsored by the Pick Museum and the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.  

 


"Quilts and Human Rights" Exhibit Opening

Keynote Speech by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Activist Quilt Block Workshop

September 5 - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  - Cole Hall

Civil rights activist, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will give a keynote speech during the welcoming remarks beginning at 6 p.m. in Cole 100. Organized by the Michigan State University Museum, “Quilts and Human Rights” includes over 40 quilts centered around themes of social justice honoring champions of human rights, documenting quiltmaking as a means of coping with oppression, and examining how quilts raise awareness of global social issues. The Pick Museum staff has expanded the exhibit by adding fifteen more quilts made between 2008 and today highlighting the last decade’s booming modern quilting movement. 

This event also includes an Activist Quilt Block Workshop led by Sara Trail, founder of the Social Justice Sewing Academy where participants will learn how to make a social justice themed quilt block. All of the blocks made at the workshop will be sewn together and become a quilt about NIU’s current activist and political climate. This workshop is free to everyone and no registration is required. 

***Parking is anticipated to be unusually busy, so please allow time to find parking. All campus parking lots offer free parking after 5 p.m. We recommend LOT 20 or the Parking Garage next to the Visitor Lot as the 2 closest parking areas for Cole Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

This exhibition is generously supported by Cordogan Clark & Associates Inc., Michigan State University Museum, and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. For more information, call the Pick Museum at 815-753-2011.


Quilter Chawne Kimber Explores Intersections of Activism and Textile Art

October 10: Public Lecture - 7:00 p.m. - Cole Hall 100

October 11: Graduate Colloquium - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Reavis Hall 103

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality for a special lecture by award-winning activist quilter Dr. Chawne Kimber. In her lecture “In Tall Cotton,” Kimber will present her quilt autobiography, explaining her development into an artist over the past decade. The main themes of her work are identity and difference, censorship, social justice, and Black Lives Matter. These themes are explored in a modern aesthetic. Kimber’s presentation also features a trunk show of quilts that can be viewed on campus only at the lecture.

Kimber has exhibited quilts and embroidered works in art galleries and at festivals across the United States. Her quilts have been shown at QuiltCon, the International Quilt Festival, Tallgrass Art Gallery, and more. Kimber also teaches quilting techniques nationally and her work can be seen on her blog Completely Cauchy. Three of Kimber’s quilts are featured in the Pick Museum’s current exhibit “Quilts and Human Rights,” including “The One for Eric G.” which she made after Eric Garner was killed.

In addition to her work as a textile artist, Kimber is also a professor of mathematics at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. On October 11 at 12 p.m., Kimber will present a graduate colloquium seminar at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality in Reavis Hall Room 103. Her seminar, titled “Lab and/verses Studio,” will describe recent explorations of the artistic practices of a handful of women scientists, including herself. She will focus particularly on the various intersections of identities at play and how these subjects make decisions with those in mind.

Aram Han Sifuentes Protest Banner Lending Library Workshop

November 8 - 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Pick Museum of Anthropology, Cole Hall

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality for a hands on Protest Banner Lending Library workshop led by Chicago based textile artist Aram Han Sifuentes. ALL students and student activist groups are welcome and encouraged to attend the workshop. Sifuentes will show examples of other banners then lead participants in making their own. No previous sewing experience is necessary. Banners made at the workshops will become part of a repository at NIU where students can check them out and take them to future demonstrations.

This program coincides with the Pick Museum’s newest exhibition, “Quilts and Human Rights,” which is open now through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 and features quilts from around the world that honor champions of human rights and document quiltmaking as a means of coping with oppression, and it examines how quilts raise awareness of global social issues. An additional 15 quilts made between 2008 and today, to highlight the last decade’s booming modern quilting movement and bring the exhibit’s topics and themes up to the present day.


 

Contact Us

James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick
Museum of Anthropology
Cole Hall 114
815-753-2011
jkirker@niu.edu 

Hours

Tuesday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday

 

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