This special program explores the remarkable history of Gee’s Bend quilts, hailing from Boykin, also known as Gee’s Bend, in Alabama, USA. This practice dates back to the 1800s and today, Gee’s Bend quilts are renowned for their vital contribution to the story of American art.
Join NGV Curators of Fashion and Textiles Katie Somerville and Danielle Whitfield, in conversation with Paris-based curator and cultural programmer Raina Lampkins-Fielder.
Lampkin-Fielder’s distinguished career in major museums, including the Whitney Museum and Brooklyn Museum, has now led her to focus on the preservation and presentation of art by African-American artists of the American South.
This Spotlight event will also be a great introduction to the NGV’s Summer Appeal, as we hope to raise funds towards an exciting acquisition of a hand-stitched quilt by Martha Pettway, one of the most important quilters of the region.
The NGV warmly thanks all supporters who have made gifts to help secure this significant work:
Chris & Dawn Fleischner
Donors to the Gee’s Bend Quilt Appeal