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Week of September 9


This quilted pattern designed by Thomas Knauer is a visual representation of the 33000 gun deaths occuring every year in the United States. (Source

B E Y O N D  P A T T E R N S

Thomas Knauer’s explores activism and identity through his quilts.

“For me quilts are first and foremost pieces of cultural expression; they tell stories and speak about the world in which they reside. In the nineteenth century, American quilts told the story of emigration and the westward journey, spoke to hardship and spiritual devotion. Just as those quilts were responses to their time, my quilts are a reflection of my frequently uncomfortable relationship with the world around me. My quilts address the complicated nature of modern relationship and many of the major social and political issues of the 21st century.” (Read More)

Tonight at 7 PM, Knauer will be speaking about his work and new exhibition in a public lecture, “The Meaning of Things: The Importance of Quilts in an Era of Excess”. 


T H U R S D A Y :

6:30PM -  Heavy Heavy Hangs Over Thy Head Des Moines Art Center

7 PM - Public Lecture w/ Thomas Knauer Olmsted Center, Sussman Theater, Drake University


F R I D A Y :

5 PM - Art Play featuring works of art by Debi Garner Frame Works

5 PM - Beyond Patterns: Activism and Identity in Quilts Anderson Gallery, Drake University


S U N D A Y :

2 PM - It’s Not Neither: Scale and Consequence in Braille Installations Ames


O P P O R T U N I T I E S ***new***

Market Day Black Friday Applications DEADLINE September 23

***Center for Afrofuturist Studies 2017 Residencies DEADLINE September 30***


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