an army of lovers cannot fail

POWERSTITCH at New Museum

October 22, 2008

Dear lovers of the quilt and those who have expressed interest in POWERSTITCHING,
In the upcoming months i will host a series of group sewing events at the New Museum. Thursday October 16th will be the first, an all-day powerstitch from noon to seven pm. The event is open to the public and I am writing to invite you please come bring poems, essays, songs, and theories to share.
On November 13th, I will host a FULL MOON POWERSTITCH during museum hours.
Noon to ten pm. Free admission from seven pm on.

This project is part of the exhibition Museum as Hub: Six Degrees

New Museum
235 Bowery at Prince Street
New York, NY 10002
212.219.1222

POWERSTITCH at The Compound

On April 5, 2008, new friends Kim and Ida hosted a POWERSTITCH at their home, a grand compound in East Oakland. We quilted for an afternoon amongst the succulents and pear trees. Their neighbors came out and joined us for the day: Mark Thomas, a renowned textile artist, and Rebecca who read to us from TRUST, a guide to hand-balling (our selection) and poet laureate Charles Simic (her's).
All photos by Chris Vargas, local host and California brother.

AN ARMY OF LOVERS CANNOT FAIL at PS 122

June 8, 2007

This Saturday I'll be hosting a quilting forum as part of Summer School at PS 122.
come sew and bring your new favorite poetry or feminist mystical texts to read aloud

Summer School is a temporary school that offers
lectures, workshops and performances led by artists.
Free and open to the public, Summer School playfully
adapts educational strategies to transmit alternative
knowledge. Events will run from June 2-24. All events
at PS122 Gallery.

SATURDAY June 9
12:00-4:00pm
Ginger Brooks Takahashi “An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail”
A open “quilting bee” to continue a quilt that has
been in progress for two years. The end product of
this workshop is not the quilt itself, but rather the
process —the informal gatherings and invaluable dialog
between friends and strangers.

4:30-7:00pm
Jonah Bokaer “A Moving Body in the Built Domain”
A lecture/demo on the applications of digital media
towards organizing movements for the human body. This

an army of lovers cannot fail

screenprinted poster, 18"x24", 2004
text "an army of lovers cannot fail" from early gay liberation poster
printed at Space 1026, Philadelphia

AN ARMY OF LOVERS CANNOT FAIL

AN ARMY OF LOVERS CANNOT FAIL, 2004-ongoing
on-going series of quilting forums organized in homes, galleries, gardens and other public settings

I see the history of family and community quilting as harnessing possibly the foremost political activities: community-building and dialog, creating a sense of belonging for those who participate. The quilting forums are symbolic of the same ideals upheld by my own queer community. While redefining these traditions, “AN ARMY OF LOVERS CANNOT FAIL” brings the spirit of this shared experience to an extended community. In considering historically outdated modes of production, this quilt has been in progress for years. Thankfully, the end product is not the only artwork, but rather the process—the informal gatherings and invaluable dialog between friends and strangers.

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