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Sunday, October 30- November 20 at 1:30 p.m. Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics

(Rochester, NY)Why  Quilts  Matter:  History,  Art  &  Politics,  a  nine-part documentary  series, airing Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11) beginning October 30th,  takes  the  viewer  on  an  amazing  journey  into  the  world  of quilts, revealing  their  centrality  to  American  culture. Equally  compelling  for  the  aficionado  and  the  uninitiated, the  series  will  educate  and  entertain  as  it  reveals  the staggering  size  and  depth  of  the  quilt  world  and  its surprisingly  complicated  politics.

Avoiding  antiquated  discussions  and  stereotypical  references,  the  series takes  the  viewer  behind  the  scenes  in  the marketplace,  provides  a  first- hand  look  at  the  inner  workings  of  America’s  museums,  and  takes  the viewer  inside the  studios  of  some  leading  quilt  makers. Watch  as  quilts empower  women,  take  us  through  two  pivotal  centuries of  history,  and reveal  the  nature  of  the  art  itself,  while  helping  us understand  who  we are,  where  we’ve  been,  and where  we’re  going.

Executive  Producer  Shelly  Zegart,  a  distinguished  expert  at  the  forefront of  the  quilt  world  for  over  three  decades, has  created  a  stunning  visual account  of  this  enduring  American  art  form. As  host  and  guiding force, Zegart introduces  viewers  to  the  academics,  savvy  dealers,  and passionate  quilt  makers  who  share  their  personal  stories, experiences, and  often  outspoken  opinions.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.