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Hearts and Hands

Featuring Pat Ferrero, Sabrina Gschwandtner, and Louise Steinman in Conversation

Public Programs | Film

Detail of a video quilt showing blocks of white text on black blocks and red and orange fabric all pieced together in a quilt pattern

Detail: Sabrina Gschwandtner (American, b. 1977), Screen Credit (still), 2020. 3-Channel 4K video, color, silent; run time: 7:30 min. Courtesy of the artist and Pat Ferrero. Films are in distribution through New Day Films.

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This program took place on
Saturday, January 28, 2023

About the Program

Watch the award-winning documentary Hearts and Hands: 19th Century Women and Their Quilts, which explores how quilts have not only been part of everyday life, but also present in major movements from abolition to suffrage.

Stay for a conversation about the use of “women’s work” in activist causes with filmmaker Pat Ferrero, Los Angeles–based Jewish artist Sabrina Gschwandtner, and independent curator Louise Steinman.

Directed by Pat Ferrero (1988, 63 min. No MPAA rating.)

Spotlight on Sabrina Gschwandtner

Artist Sabrina Gschwandtner on KCET

Learn how Sabrina Gschwandtner uses 35mm film to create quilts that honor women in film and see her works on view in Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories.

Donor Support

Fabric of a Nation and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible by generous support from the following donors:

The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation
The Richard E. and Harriett F. Gold Charitable Fund
David and Sarah Harden
Jenni Kayne
The Keston Family
Alicia Miñana and Rob Lovelace

Additional support is provided by:

Coral Courts Foundation
Lois Neiter

Media sponsor:

This Women and Their Words series talk is made possible in part by support from:

Rebekah and Howard Farber

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