And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations
January 16, 2016 - April 24, 2016
Using the powerful medium of story quilts, this exhibition narrates nearly four centuries of African American history, from the first slave ships to the first African American president and beyond. Through 40 quilts from artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network, the exhibition reveals the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Phillis Wheatley to Frederick Douglass to the Tuskegee Airmen.
Story quilting expands on traditional textile-arts techniques to record, in fabric, events of personal or historical significance. Through the accessibility of their colors, patterns and symbols, the quilts of “And Still We Rise” relate narratives that enable conversations about sensitive topics from our national history, furthering the discussion of racial reconciliation in America.
Curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi
Organized by Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Women of Color Quilters Network.
The exhibition is generously underwritten by First Republic, a Committee of Honor, and the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.