The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. From Sep 7th through Jan 7th, 2008.
The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale presents an exhibition celebrating the multi-generational artistry of African American women from Gee’s Bend, Alabama with The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. Along with the exhibition, the museum will also host 16 of the quilters in a residency during the opening weekend, providing inspiration, history and education in an extraordinary cultural experience. These women and their ancestors, isolated for decades by geography, outside indifference, and extreme poverty but in lives rich with family, faith, and community, have quietly created one of the most astonishingly beautiful and original bodies of art work.
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibitions have received international acclaim at art museums throughout the United States including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Whitney Museum in New York. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend features sixty-three quilts by forty-six quilters. This tradition of quiltmaking in Gee’s Bend goes back many generations; the remarkable quilts have survived from the 1920s to the present. Improvisational designs, asymmetry, multiple patterns, and an almost minimalist aesthetic characterize the Gee’s Bend quilts. While they are based on conventional quilting techniques and approaches, Gee’s Bend quilt designs are often likened to abstract modern painting, and bear little resemblance to familiar quilt patterns such as wedding rings and rising suns.
For more information, please call: 954.525.5500