The exhibition of contemporary African American quilts was delightful with lots of variety, from abstract to photo realism. Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi curated the exhibition: A New Legacy Revealed: African American Quilts. Dr. Mazloomi assembled some very well known artists for the exhibition and some who were lesser known to me at least.
Here are a few photos of some of the work. Just a taste to whet the appetite.
The first three pieces all have some aspect where they break the traditional rectangular presentation. The first piece is by Carolyn Crump called Mae's Dance. The dancing figures are really captured and they break free of the grid to really enhance the feeling of the dance. Great presentation choice.
The second piece by Marlene Linton O"Bryant-Seabrook titled Dizzy: Bopped Out of South Carolina is another that breaks the grid presentation. The well known artist from South Carolina used the outline of the state to underscore the message of the title.
The third piece uses just the feet of the young girl to break from the grid. This charming piece is by Alice Beasley titled All My Roads Lead Back to You. This is based on a photograph of the artist's mother and grandfather. Great use of value and I love the darkened wall shadows behind the girl to make her stand out.
The piece below is also by Juanita Yeager titled Hibiscus Syriacus (Rose of Sharon). Yeager combines the tradition of quilting with the tradition of botanical art.
This is just a small taste of the quilts in this exhibition. Hopefully this is a traveling exhibition and can be seen by other audiences. It certainly deserves to be.
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