Monday, August 17, 2020

AIDS Quilts for an Artist and His Partner, Sewn During a New Pandemic

By Brin Boucher
The central design of an AIDS quilt panel friends made to honor the memory of Tom Rauffenbart was inspired by a 1989 painting by David Wojnarowicz, his partner. In it, Mr. Rauffenbart’s silhouette encompasses a galaxy.Credit...Karsten Moran for The New York Times
Since the fall of 2019, six women, some from the art world, others retired social workers, had labored on two AIDS quilts devoted to the memories of the artist David Wojnarowicz and his partner, Tom Rauffenbart. The women converged from all over New York City on the neighborhood of Washington Heights, at the home of Anita Vitale, who had met Mr. Rauffenbart, a fellow social worker, in the 1980s. Then, in mid-March, in what you might call a sad cosmic coincidence, their work was interrupted by the arrival on the scene of another pandemic. [More
Friends working on this AIDS quilt to honor Tom Rauffenbart, who died in 2019, gathered in a virtual quilting bee to continue their work. Karsten Moran for The New York Times