The documentary film Stitched showcases the freakish enormity of the quilting world, which spans some 21 million devotees and has its own superstars and underdogs (one award-less quilter describes the festival as the Academy Awards of the quilting world and goes on to say she has practiced her acceptance speech many times). The film centers around the 2010 International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention and a chain of controversial quilters.
Artisan Hollis Chatelain, a subject of the documentary, uses textiles and thread to convey messages of social justice and responsibility with her quilt Hopeful World, an image of Desmond Tutu beckoning to children from around the world. Chatelain's mentor, Caryl Bryer Fallert, is credited with winning the first major award with a machine-made quilt, while her protege, Randall Cook, presented quilts bearing the images of male nudes to the festival. 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
Wed., June 1, 7 p.m., 2011
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