Experience The Quilts of Gee's Bend

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For over four generations, the Quilts of Gees Bend are amazing abstract works of fabric art.

For over four generations, the Quilts of Gee's Bend are amazing abstract works of fabric art.

Photo: Dacia Ray

If you aren't familiar with the Quilts of Gee’s Bend, you owe it to yourself to take a look. They’re utilitarian, made to be used on beds, crudely constructed mostly from salvaged cloth—and yet fine examples of abstract art made by African American women with no formal art training but whose tradition of quiltmaking goes back at least four generations.

Gee’s Bend is a small, remote, river town in Alabama; the quilts have been on exhibit in some of the finest art museums in the U.S., including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. I saw them at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta a couple of years ago and was mesmerized by the quality and impact of design. Unfortunately, there isn't a current exhibition of the original “Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” but the Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt exhibit will soon be at the Denver Art Museum, and in the fall, it will be at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you are unable to get to one of these exhibits, check out the Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt book; it features more than 300 color photos of these incredible works of art.

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Needlewithaneye writes: Viewed this exhibit in Boston a few years. What a treat. Do not miss if is it any where near your community. Very inspiring.
Posted: 2:32 pm on March 11th
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