Threads of Scholarship: History and Storytelling in African American Quilts
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"Quilt scholarship remains in its infancy, and many
new theories are being developed and tested. As
more professional historians and art scholars begin
to look at quilts seriously, a clearer understanding of
their enormous importance to the story of American
life, social history, and artistic achievement is
Robert Shaw Quilts: A Living Tradition
Web sites on African American Quilts and Quilters
African American Quilt Quest
Concentrates on African American quilts and the important part they have played in
American history. Includes several young adult books on quilts and links to quilt Web sites.
African American Quilters, a travelling exhibit curated by Maude Wahlman. It has been travelling around
the U.S. for 10 years. Included in the
exhibit are 20 African American Quilts
(from private collections) by 10 quilters
with their portraits and biographies. Also
included are text labels explaining
continuities with West African textile
traditions, African secret writing systems,
and African charm making traditions, and
examples of African textiles, writing, and
African-American quilts from the Robert and Helen Cargo Collection.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
January 12-April 1, 2001.
African-American Quilts & Quilters
Information on African-American quilts and quilters by Susan C. Druding.
Book Review: A Communion of the Spirits
Book review written by Nancy Cameron Armstrong of A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and their Stories by Roland L. Freeman.
a n y 1 c a n f l y
Web site of artist and writer Faith Ringgold. Works from public collections reproduced on this site including,
"Street Story Quilt", "Tar Beach" and "Dancing at the Louvre".
An article in San Diego State University's paper about African-American quilts today seen as prime examples of American folk art.
Faith Ringgold: Her Story in Text and Image
Online exhibit of works by Faith Ringgold courtesy of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia
Flag Story Quilt
Faith Ringgold's 1985 work Flag Story Quilt courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art.
Flint Afro-American Quilters Guild
Home page of the Guild which was organized in 1989 by Jeffalone Rumph and
Derenda Collins as a response to the need for educating the public about the rich heritage of
black quilting in American history.
From the African Loom to the American Quilt by Gladys-Marie Fry
In Spring 1998, the National Humanities Center in NC was
transformed by a colorful collection of African-American quilts on loan from
the Robert Cargo Folk Art Gallery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This show was
inspired by Gladys-Marie Fry, 1997-98 Fellow and Professor of English and
Folklore at the University of Maryland.
Here she comments on several of the pieces the Center displayed.
Fugitive Slave Act
Introduction to and text of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
The International Quilt Study Center Library
addition of the American Quilt Study Group's Research
Library to University of Nebraska-Lincoln has further
strengthened an already strong textile history and textile
science library collection at UNL.
The American Quilt Study Group's Research Library
can now be accessed via the Internet. You can reach the
AQSG collections by visiting the UNL Libraries catalog.
Made by Men
Exhibit guest-curated by Gladys-Marie Fry. Historic and contemporary quilts from across the U.S. including work by David Driskell
and Raymond Dobard. (In conjunction with the African American Arts Festival, April 12-21, 1996 and the Diversity Initiative.)
Detroit News article, January 21, 1997. Remi Douah, an African student from the Ivory Coast has studied African-American quilts at MSU and documented the African-American quilting legacy in Minnesota.
A Michigan Historical Center Teaching site.
Access to African-American historical, traditional and folk art quilts.
Quilter Carolyn Mazloomi's work
Article in Lexington Herald-Leader about exhibit at Kentucky State University that features quilts celebrating black heritage, March 7, 1997.
Quilts Celebrating African American Spirit at the Renwick Gallery
An exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery saluting the work of the Women of Color Quilters Network.
Commentary from author Jacqueline Tobin, author of Hidden In Plain View.
Quilts from Artisans
Folk art, antiques and outsider art including a spectacular satin quilt from an African-American family in Baltimore, 1920-30.
Contains biographical information, current projects, exhibitions, publications and contact information about Roland Freeman a highly regarded photodocumentarian.
Rosie Lee Tompkins
Access to exhibition history, list of works and discussion of Rosie Lee Tompkins.
Stitching Stars: The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers
Discussion Threads About Africa
From H-AFRICA which encourages the interdisciplinary discussion of Africa's history, culture, and African studies generally.
The Underground Railroad: Michigan Historical Museum
Discussion of Michigan's Underground Railroad. Brief history and photographs included.
Underground Railroad: Quilts
Discussion of quilt codes and the use of quilt squares as coded maps to help slaves.
Who'd A Thought It: Improvisation in African American Quiltmaking
The Goldstein, a museum of design on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, hosted the widely acclaimed exhibition "Who'd A Thought It: Improvisation in
African-American Quiltmaking" opening February 2, 1997.
Yahoo information on quilts and quilting.
For further information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This page was created by Deborah LaFond, Social Sciences Bibliographer, and Lou Ann Stewart, Reference Librarian, University Libraries, University at Albany.
Last update May 4, 2001.
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