AfriGeneas Heritage Arts & Crafts Forum
NY Exhibit Showcasing Men's Works
AFRICAN-AMERICAN QUILTS, NEEDLE ARTS' EXHIBITS OPEN DEC. 21
ALBANY, NY Two exhibitions the one showcasing African-American quilts, and another displaying fiber and needle arts by and for men of the African diaspora to open at the New York State Museum December 21. Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition, and My Brothers' Thread: Fiber Works by and for Men of the African Diaspora, will be on display in the Museum's Exhibition Hall through March 1.
Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition, and My Brothers’ Thread: Fiber Works by and for Men of the African Diaspora, will be on display in the Museum’s Exhibition Hall through March 1.
Textural Rhythms unites the two most well-known and popular artistic forms in African-American culture – jazz and quilting. Jazz, like quilting, is a woven art form. Both genres produce a textural harvest spun from the life fibers of masters of the imagination who create for our contemplation. Quilt making, as in jazz, evokes a host of complex rhythms and moods and then captures them in the creative process. When the two forms connect, the creative energy explodes exponentially.
Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition releases both of these genres of art and becomes a showcase for the work of artists in the Women of Color Quilters Network. Carolyn Mazloomi, the Network’s founder and coordinator, curated the traveling exhibition.
The exhibition, part of a national two and one-half-year tour, showcases approximately 64 quilts from 55 artists. It includes work from some of America’s best-known African- American quilters such as Michael Cummings, Ed Johnetta Miller, Tina Brewer, and Jim Smoote.
Just as the varied styles of jazz cause listeners to respond differently, the quilts of Textural Rhythms persuade viewers to salute the bonding of two worlds, jazz and quilts, in a distinguished combination of cultural tradition, sophistication, and panache. Regardless of technique – unpretentious folk, intricate appliqué, conventional piecing, or complex montage -- these quilt artists have harnessed in cloth, the spirit of jazz through meticulous reflections of the souls of jazz folk and the music that sways them.