UCCS to host “Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love”

Suzanne MacAulay, (719) 255-3865 Karin Larkin, (719) 255-3124, klarkin@uccs.edu

agosin_arpillera_larkinEditor’s Note:  Because of a family illness, Marjorie Agosin is unable to attend this event. An opening presentation will be made by Suzanne MacAulay, professor, Visual and Peforming Arts, and Andrea Herrera, professor, Women’s and Ethnic Studies.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An author and artist known for her depiction of Chilean women will share her work at 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Kraemer Family Library on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Marjorie Agosin, author of “Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love: The Arpillera Movement in Chile, 1974-1994” will sign copies of her book and share a selection of arpilleras (patchwork tapestries) beginning at 5 p.m. The tapestries will remain on display on the main floor of the library until Oct. 5.

Agosín’s book tells the story of ordinary women living in terror under General Augusto Pinochet’s oppressive rule in Chile (1973–1989) and how they defied the military dictatorship by embroidering their sorrow on scraps of cloth. The arpilleras they made, patchwork tapestries with scenes of everyday life and memorials to their disappeared relatives, were smuggled out of Chile. The tapestries show the women’s searches for loved ones in jails, morgues and government offices as well as the tribunals for their husbands, brothers, and sons.

This event is sponsored by the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Women’s and Ethnic Studies, The Matrix Center, the Faculty Minority Affairs Committee and the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusiveness.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.