Earlier this month, I volunteered at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and helped set up and monitor the AIDS Memorial Quilt. For the next five-or-so days, 50+ locations in the DC area will also display parts of the quilt. These locations include hotels, airports, and stores, as well as museums, monuments, performing art centers, and houses of worship.
Five locations are sites I visited during my Weekly Museum Visits (American University Museum, Art Museum of the Americas, the Textile Museum, Christ Church, and the Martin Luther King Memorial). Five other places are sites I visited as part of the Museum Education Program (Washington National Cathedral, National Building Museum, Ripley Center, Torpedo Factory, and National Museum of American History).
While the exact number of days each location will keep the quilt on display will vary, most will have the quilt visible from Saturday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 25.
If all the quilt pieces were going to be exhibited for more than five days (four of which are workdays for me), I would get out and photograph all of them! Instead, here is a photograph from the Folklife Festival.
July’s blog theme is Studying Museums.