The NAMES project is a quilt created to memorialize those who have lost their lives due to Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). The AIDS Quilt, with its blocks and panels memorializing those lost to the disease, offers a glimpse of the diverse communities and individuals affected by this terrible disease. It is not as known about as it should be. The initial panel I selected to study further into was the Randy Barnett panel from block #5505. It had a good bit of information but I wish I had more to go on. It had a few items that defined who he was and his panel was also sent in with a letter which was great to fully get an understanding of what I was observing. The second panel I selected was Mark Murphy Bearrentine from block #1380. His panel consisted of many more different objects and decor than the first panel, that also defined who he was as a person. Each panel had evidence of the individuals love for music. Mark Murphy Bearrentine’s panel had evidence of theater and things as such. I still could not find as much on my panel as I wish, so the main question I had was what more can I learn about the entire NAMES project to connect with my panels more. The purpose of my project was to connect with my panel and bring awareness to those who are unbeknownst to the entire project as a whole.
My thought process was to observe each panel and use thick description to go into depth. I wrote down the different objects I observed from the top left all the way to the bottom right. I asked questions that I was a little confused about, but with there not being a letter sent in with the panel to confirm my thoughts, I did not get much from that. A question I have about my panel I am studying now is was my person a musician and/or artist? Once I googled the individuals name I saw a album cover. I still have yet to figure out if that album relates to my panel. Also another question I have is what more can I learn about the panel from what I see? Since there is no information that was sent in with the panel, It makes it harder to know what to look for. Another question I have is what more can I learn about the NAMES project as a whole to accurately and successfully give my panel the recognition it deserves with my website.
The NAMES project foundation national headquarters is here located in Atlanta. This place is extremely important to my entire project as a whole. This is the place where I actually got to touch my panel. This is where I was able to look at and observe my panel. This is the place where I sat for a few hours analyzing my panel and what was seen. This place is very important. I feel it was the most important due to the fact that I was allowed to actually unfold and see and connect with my panel in person. Anybody interested in making a quilt or looking into a quilt would be an audience.
This is where most of my brainstorming happened. Being able to unfold my block and look at it up close was super fascinating. Taking pictures and observing was really fun. So many questions went through my mind as I observed and thanks to a letter sent in with my panel, some of those questions were answered.
Blair, Carole, and Neil Michel. “The AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Contemporary Culture of Public Commemoration.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Michigan State University Press, 3 Mar. 2008, muse.jhu.edu/article/232397/summary.
Blair and Michel starts the article by explaining the project and quilt. They mention how it has many rhetorical feats. They compare the NAMES project quilt to the robust culture of the national commemorative building in the late 20th century United States. They use the culture that was found in its first articulation in the Vietnam Veterans memorial. This helped to understand from a different point of view of the project. This allowed me to look at each of my panels and tie connections based on what I have observed.
I think this is extremely unique. It shows the importance of the NAMES project and the quilt. It shows how the quilt is making an impact. It is showing how important commemorating the quilt actually is. This project is way bigger than I have known. I knew how important memorials were, but after reading this piece, I think of how important the Martin Luther King memorial statue is and just how big the NAMES project is.
Hawkins, Peter S. “Naming Names: The Art of Memory and the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt.”Critical Inquiry, 1993, www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/448696?journalCode=ci.
Hawkins discusses the art and memory of the NAMES project. He discusses how the quilt is unique and that it is like human beings need to remember the dead and keep on imagining them. He feels as though if a person is forgotten then death has won. Is that why he feels the way he feels, I wonder. If the names are written then the voice does not fail. He compares the quilt with an example of World War I how they continued to memorialize fallen soldiers.
This gave me another insight of how a person feels about the particular project as a whole. This was more of a more sensual source. It really made me think and wonder and overall look at the project as a whole.
Jones, Cleve. “How One Man’s Idea for the AIDS Quilt Made the Country Pay Attention.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 9 Oct. 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-one-mans-idea-for-the-aids-quilt-made-the-country-pay-attention/2016/10/07/15917576-899c-11e6-b24f-a7f89eb68887_story.html?utm_term=.03891cbe3868.
Jones discusses the history of the AIDS quilt from the very beginning. He mentions how the quilt has grown and who started the project, and also a mentions that the article is being adapted from Jones’s book “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement”. He discusses how the quilt made him feel and how powerful it was and is to him. It related to me on a personal level as well because I also was moved by how powerful the entire NAMES project is. An audience for this article would be someone who is looking into the the history of the quilt or some individual who is interested in knowing the purpose behind this project. Someone who is trying to make this project known could definitely use this as a tool for gathering more information.
This article is very useful. It was that extra that I needed to go on with the project. It gave me a new point of view of the information being told. It mentioned the history of the quilt and also new information that hadn’t been mentioned in other resources.
Julie Greenfield. “Letter for Randy Barnett.” Courtesy of the NAMES project.
In Randy’s cousins letter, she gives specifics about Randy’s life. She confirmed the thoughts I had about the things I was seeing on the panel. One example would be the explanation and details of the picture that was on the panel that she included. This source was extremely important and is where majority of my information about Randy came from. The intended audience is someone who is looking for confirmation about what is being depicted on this particular panel. This would benefit a person like me who is looking deeper into finding out more about the panel and even the entire NAMES project.
This letter contained so much information. It really helped confirm the thoughts I had as I observed the panel. For example the picture that had “Michael and Randy” under it, I had no idea who Michael was. I first assumed he was Randy’s brother cousin maybe but in the letter it was said that they were partners.
Lateef, Yasir. “The NAMES Project Foundation.” The Names Project, www.aidsquilt.org/about/the-names-project-foundation.
The NAMES project itself played a big part in helping to help with the investigation as a whole. It explained the goals that they wanted to reach and the purpose behind the quilt. The purpose of this source is to give a look into the entire thing. This information is for people who are looking into the NAMES project to know more about it or for anyone who is interested in making a panel for a loved one. I benefitted heavily from this source because in order to make a project over a small piece of something, you have to actually know what the entirety of it.
The NAMES project was full of information. It regarded the entire project as a whole. It gave me all necessary information that was needed to know exactly where I was going with this project. It made me question and think of new ways to incorporate information about this project.
Lewis, Jacqueline, and Michael R. Fraser. “Patches of Grief and Rage: Visitor Responses to the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.” SpringerLink, Kluwer Academic Publishers-Human Sciences Press, link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02393368.
Lewis discusses how individuals are seeing the quilt. He describes the quilt as “folk art”. He mentions how the size and meaning and emotional impact makes it so awesome. Each and every block is unique and has it’s own story.
This relates to my panel because my panels I had chosen were so unique. They both had a love for music. I was able to look at each panel differently and say wow. The panels are a part of something so much more bigger. It is extremely impactful.
Lowe, Lawrence. “The AIDS Quilt and Its Traditions.” EBSCOhost, web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=2&sid=2e1acd4f-07dd-4acc-9014-4987dab96e8c%40sessionmgr103&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#AN=9710241652&db=lfh.
Lowe discusses the AIDS quilt and its traditions. He compares it to multiple works of art. For example, he compares it to Moby Dick chapter 104 “virtue of a large and liberal theme”. He describes the AIDS quilt as the Moby Dick of quilts. Lowe also mentions how the quilt is an emotional and political statement about encountering pain.
Lowe gave me more information about the project as a whole. I was given a ton of insight with this particular source. The examples provided were unique and well thought of. The entire article was well put together. With the examples given, it really gave great insight and opened my mind to a new way of thinking about the project.
“Resources For.” Health – The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, web.worldbank.org/archive/website01055/WEB/0__C-223.HTM.
This article discusses the NAMES project at the world bank. They talk about its purpose which is to honor and memorialize the four who lost their lives in 2004 and the one who died in 2005. This article shows how popular the NAMES project can be. Anyone looking into the project for research purposes can find this information very useful.
This article made me think even broader. The NAMES project stretches out really far. It makes me wonder how I had never heard of it. This research gave me more knowledge and more depth and confirmed my actions in the project. I know where I want to go with my panel.
Rushing, WA. “The AIDS Epidemic: Social Dimensions of an Infectious Disease.” Popline, Boulder Colorado Westview Press 1995., 1 Jan. 1995, www.popline.org/node/301509.
Rushing discussed the AIDS epidemic as a whole. The social dimensions of the disease. He examines various aspects of the of the epidemic from a sociological perspective. He provides facts and mentions the high risk groups in the United States. He mentions the fear of contagion and preventative measures. Not only does he mention those things, he also mentions the societal reactions to the disease.
This was extremely eye opening to me. I knew of the horrendous disease and how there was no cure. I have witnessed how people have reacted and even made jokes about people with HIV/AIDS. This article could really help someone, especially if they are a victim of the disease.
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