September 26 – October 25
With a quilting tradition dating back to female slaves of a cotton plantation owned by a Joseph Gee, 20th century descendants continued to create for functional purposes, from bedcovers to wall insulators, unique quilts that have been discovered to rival and even surpass the remarkable genius of the world's museum-quality abstract painters. With scraps of fabric these amazing women have developed distinctive styles, noted not only for their geometric simplicity but also for many mind-blowing improvisations.
Hailed by The New York Times as "some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced," the quilts of Gee's Bend, in 2002, began a national exhibition tour including The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, The Mobile Museum of Art, and The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Their value continues to hold with ongoing exhibitions across the United States.