September 11, 2021

Gallery Talk
Saturday, September 11, 2021, 11am
International Quilt Museum
33rd and Holdrege, Lincoln, NE
Free with admission.
This is an in-person event.

Jonathan Gregory, curator of Trying to Make Sense of It: 9/11, Loss, and Memorial Quilts, will provide an in-depth look at the United in Memory 9/11 Memorial Quilt and the traditions of memorial quiltmaking in the United States.

This event is in conjunction with an exhibition at the International Quilt Museum.


The International Quilt Museum will host for a limited time Trying to Make Sense of It: 9/11, Loss, and Memorial Quilts from August 20 through October 16, 2021. The exhibition will feature quilts from the IQM collection including several panels from the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt, and important additions from artists and other collections. This year, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Quiltmakers made thousands of memorial quilts following 9/11—and during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars that followed—to help themselves and the nation grieve its losses and secure the memory of those who died. Since the dark days of 2001, other global events have resulted in significant losses, such as mass shootings, refugee displacement, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The quilts in Trying to Make Sense of It also commemorate some of these events and invite reflection on how individuals, communities, and nations use memorial quilts to make sense of their universal experience of loss. Several programs, including an opportunity to share your memorial quilt and its story, will be held at the museum.