Saturday, August 01, 2015

And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations (in Quilts)

This exhibit at the Bullock was phenomenal. Too bad photos weren't allowed, nor was there a brochure about the exhibit. This is a persistent problem at the Bullock. Wish they could get their act together. I found an article that shows some of the quilts at:

Anyway, love me the Interwebs! I was able to read more and capture images of a few of these amazing works of art. The exhibit of storytelling quilts was originally staged at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Cindy took Steve there during one of our visits.

This was probably the most amazing quilt in the exhibit. (Too bad the Bullock couldn't hire a professional photographer to post a decent photo on their website.) Besides the 3-D cannon effect, the quilter wove the arms and legs of the slaves into the ship hull and around the oars.

This quilt (shown here with the quilter) was a stand-out. The gray silk dress on the quilt represents Harriet Beecher Stowe and the open book emits the turmoil and chaos that her words evoked.

I didn't find a photo of the crazy quilt that Joan and I loved, but we all agreed that this was one of our favs:

This one commemorating African Americans who have won Oscars was fun and beautifully done.

Here are a couple more. If you have time during August, please go to the exhibit and read the amazing stories of each of the quilts.