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Baby Blanket
Drunell Levinson (b. 1951)

Location: New York City, New York, United States

Date: 1996

Materials: Aluminum-wrapped condoms with embroidery thread

Dimensions: 44 × 33"

Credit: Gift of the artist

Accession Number: 1998.3.1

Photo credit: Gavin Ashworth

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Drunell Levinson was initially drawn to quiltmaking because it offered a more tangible and lasting expression of creativity than her previous expression of acting, which was ephemeral. From the beginning her work has been conceptual, and the artist is further drawn to the paradox of using unorthodox materials in this most traditional of female hand arts. Levinson first used encased condoms in her quilts to subvert the gender-specific perception of the art. She identified aluminum-wrapped condoms as a specifically masculine material that responded to the definition of a quilt as a sandwich with three layers and that could be pierced with a needle and thread. She selected this particular brand, Gold Coin, for Baby Blanket because of the shape and shiny colors, and because they are not immediately identifiable as condoms, with their implication of sexual activity. The ironic title adds to the dialogue instigated about the nature of quilts in a contemporary context.

Stacy C. Hollander, "Baby Blanket," exhibition label for Ooh, Shiny!. Stacy C. Hollander, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2012.


Baby Blanket
Date: 1996
Artist:
Dimensions: 44 × 33"
Materials: Aluminum-wrapped condoms with embroidery thread
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Place/Region: United States, New York City
Accession Number: 1998.3.1
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