Gee's Bend Quilt Prints in Evans Lam Square

Gee's Bend Quilt Prints in Evans Lam Square

Evans Lam Square, Rush Rhees Library
February 22, 2017 3:30pm

Join us in celebration of River Campus Libraries' recent purchase of seven Gee's Bend quilt prints that will be installed in Evans Lam Square.

African-American women in the tiny rural community of Gee’s Bend (officially known as Boykin, AL) have been making quilts since they were slaves on the Gees and Pettway plantations in the 1800s. These quilts were appreciated by visiting government workers and photographers in the 1930s, and achieved some national recognition again in the 1960s and 70s. But it was not until major exhibitions of quilts traveled to American art museums from 2002-2008 that the women who crafted large abstract works of art in cotton, denim, polyester, and corduroy got the artistic acclaim that they had long deserved. 

Janet Catherine Berlo, Professor of Art History and Visual & Cultural Studies, will talk about the Gee’s Bend quilts and how the women who made them helped transform them into stunning art prints. 

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