The exhibition showcases more than fifty quilts made throughout the American South between 1910 and the 1970s. Stunning color combinations and distinctively free patterns epitomize an artistic vision that is unique to the American folk art tradition. African American quilts, made entirely by women, are celebrated for their bold improvisation and modern take on traditional quilting patterns, such as the House Top or Log Cabin, Star of Bethlehem and Pine Burr. Many of the quilts are made from materials that were readily available to the makers, including flour sacks, old blue jeans and work clothes and fabric remnants. This early form of recycling and reuse was a necessity that became the foundation for unique expression. The exhibition will also explore a variety of construction techniques and quilting.

Corrine Riley, Collector

As a textile student at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1970s, Corrine Riley was exposed to “big” modern paintings, which set her on a quest “to look for things in the real world that displayed this quality of intense personal expression.” She still recalls coming face to face with her first African American quilt, a Strip Quilt from East Texas that ignited in her a passion to search out and study these asymmetrical, symbolic and improvisational objects of use.

Riley, a quilt collector for 35 years, has become a quilt restorer and textile collector, so she is never at a loss when replacing worn fabric. She says, “I have collected vintage fabrics for 30 years, so I can usually find something that comes from the same era to match it.”

Details

On View: May 05, 2011 - Dec 18, 2011

More Exhibitions

Exhibition

Trappings

Homage to the Horse and Other Steeds

Featuring objects from around the globe that celebrate the speed, power and serviceability of the horse and other noble beasts of burden.

May 26, 2017 - November 12, 2017Closes soon

Exhibition

Arline Fisch

One of a Kind

Featuring jewelry, body ornaments and a collection of knitted and crocheted wire hanging flowers and sea creatures by internationally-renowned artist, Arline Fisch.

June 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Exhibition

Indonesian Shadow Puppets

An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.

July 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018

Exhibition

Art of the Americas

Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei's Collection

Part of the Getty Center-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition offers the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central and South America.

September 16, 2017 - February 18, 2018

Exhibition

Kantha

Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.

October 28, 2017 - March 25, 2018Opens soon