Saturday, November 8, 2014

Going Back to China, Part Two

Marin Hanson
Curator of Exhibitions

Yesterday, I blogged about the quilt exhibition we were a part of at the China Keqiao International Textile Expo, October 24-27.

But that wasn't the only reason I was in China. I was also there on behalf of Quilt House to deliver a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Shaoxing University (SXU). For this memorandum, we are focusing on quilt-related cooperation between UNL's International Quilt Study Center & Museum and SXU's College of Fine Arts.

Here I am with Professor Chen Hao, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, exchanging the memorandum:

As part of the cooperation between our institutions, we are lending a group of Education quilts to the SXU College of Fine Arts so that their students can learn about American quilts by examining them "in the cloth," rather than only in pictures. The quilts were donated to us especially for this purpose by Joan White, who made the quilts herself in classic patterns using antique fabrics. Here I am delivering some of the quilts to Professor Chen:

We also hope to continue to send IQSCM curatorial staff to give lectures and to guest teach in SXU College of Fine Arts classes.

A half-day symposium on worldwide quilt traditions was part of October's quilt exhibition at the China Keqiao International Textile Expo.

For their part, SXU is excited about helping us continue to discover patchwork and quilting traditions in China. When I visited Shaoxing last May, for instance, I was delighted to find a baijia pao (One Hundred Families Robe) on display at the ancestral home of Lu Xun, China's most famous early 20th-century author.

A patchwork baijia pao (One Hundred Families Robe) at the Lu Xun museum in Shaoxing

Chinese patchwork and quilting is a major focus for us at IQSCM right now. Stay tuned as we continue to perform research in China, become acquainted with contemporary Chinese quilt artists, and produce China-focused quilt exhibitions, as we will be doing in 2016, in partnership with our good friends at the Michigan State University Museum, home of the fantastic Quilt Index.

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