African-American Quiltmaking in Michigan
here to see the quilts that are featured in this exhibition.
This exhibition of fifteen quilts from the Michigan State
University Museum's extensive textile collections represents
the diversity of quilting traditions found within historical
and contemporary African-American communities in Michigan.
From very conservative to highly innovative styles, the quilts
reflect these themes: 1) records of patterns of migration
and settlement; 2) expressions or documents of ethnic identity;
3) quilters as artists/quilts as art; 4) documents of personal,
family, and community history; and 5) quilting traditions.
The inclusion of photographic portraits of individual quilters
taken by Kalamazoo-based artist Mary Whalen and excerpts from
taped interviews make this exhibition a truly enriching experience.
This exhibition is eligible for funding through the
Michigan Humanities Council's Arts and Humanities Touring
Program. For more information, click
This exhibition has been displayed at the following sites:
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit,
MI; The Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; Ella Sharp Museum,
Jackson, MI; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI; Port Huron
Museum, Port Huron, MI; Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo,
MI; The Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, NY; and Lapeer
Center for the Arts, Lapeer, MI.
fee (8-week period):
||$2,500, plus shipping
||Number of pieces:
||Running feet required:
||150 square feet
||Lockable, limited access display area; trained guards or comparable protection system; provisions to prevent the public from touching objects; object handling by museum professionals; temperature and light controls; fire protection according to local ordinances.
||Additional materials available:
||Lectures: accompanying publication and related quilt publications for resale; press materials.
African American Quiltmaking
in Michigan and other merchandise
is available from the Michigan
Traditional Arts Program Store.
Funding of the research, exhibition and publication was made
possible by the financial and in-kind support of the Michigan
State University Museum, the Michigan Council for Arts and
Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts/Folk
Arts Program, and the MSU Office of the Provost.
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PICTURED: Blue Jean Pockets Quilt, made by Essie Lee Robinson, 1990 .
Photograph by Mark Eifert, all rights reserved, Michigan State University Museum.