Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture 2021: A Conversation with Bisa Butler

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Virtual Event
@ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture 2021:
A Conversation with Bisa Butler
March 18, 2021. 4PM CT.

Colorful quilt with a lime green background and a quilted image of a man in glasses and a suit jacket in the foreground.
“Black Is King,” detail of a portrait of Trevor Stuurman. 2021. Cotton, silk, velvet, lamé, and damask. Courtesy of Bisa Butler.


Bisa Butler, an interdisciplinary textile artist whose works showcase personal and historical narratives of African-Americans, gave the Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture virtually on Thursday, March 18. The acclaimed artist, who currently has her first solo museum exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, introduced her work and conversed with Gianofer Fields, the Producer-in-Residence at the UW Center for Design and Material Culture.


Since 1992, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection has proudly sponsored an annual lecture series in honor of Ruth Ketterer Harris, the collection’s first curator. The lecture series has featured a diverse range of specialists with broad public appeal including textile historians, contemporary artists, museum curators, scholars, and collectors―all of whom have contributed to an enhanced understanding and appreciation of textiles. The Harris Lecture is free and open to the public.

This event has passed, but you may still listen to the conversation via the video below.


Bisa Butler stands in front of a colorful figural quilt hanging on the wall.