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FABRIC OF LIFE: Africa’s Influence on Southern Quilts

FABRIC OF LIFE: Africa’s Influence on Southern Quilts

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008 9:24 pm

Birmingham, AL-The Birmingham Museum of Art presents Fabric of Life: African Textiles and Quilts from the American South, on view December 14, 2008 – March 1, 2009. This exhibition compares the cultural roles of these textiles, studies what is known about the artists who made them, and celebrates visual affinities and traces of influence across the Atlantic. On view in a companion exhibition are objects based on the design of West African Kente cloth. These treasured objects are on loan from Birmingham families. “The Museum is fortunate to have a truly outstanding collection of Alabama-made quilts and textiles from Africa, which enables us to present this exciting pairing of the two,” says Gail Andrews, Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art. “We are very pleased to offer this opportunity to see exceptional objects that, because of their sensitivity to light, are rarely on view.” Posted 12.11.08

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