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Traditional & Modern: Quilts of Gee’s Bend & Civil Rights Movement

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hampton Room
1030 N Columbia Ave.
Scripps College, CA 91711 United States
Fine Arts Foundation

The Fine Arts Foundation hosts a luncheon followed by a lecture. Textile artist and historian Allyson Allen focuses on the tradition of African American quilting history and origins of the modern movement that followed slave era quilts and the Underground Railroad. Women of Gee’s Bend in Alabama have a long history of creating quilts, stunning works of art made from recycled work clothes, dresses, feed sacks and fabric remnants. Quilting is an effective and evocative story-telling vehicle: Allen shares stories told in fabric about the Civil Rights era.
Allyson Allen is a textile artist, author, instructor and curator who creates information art—teaching pieces that convey African American history—not often shared in traditional classrooms. This award-winning Sun City quilter has been recognized by the State of California as a Master African-American Quilt Artist. Allen’s work was included in the landmark exhibition documenting 400 years of African-American history—beginning with the arrival of the first slave ship in the 1600s in Jamestown up through the presidency of Barack Obama—And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, that toured the United States for several years ending in 2018. Allen’s quilt “Cathy Williams, Buffalo Girl” was included in And Still We Rise and celebrates the life of the first documented woman of any race to serve in the regular U.S. army as a man—not just as a Buffalo soldier (serving with the all African-American 38th Infantry unit in New Mexico).
Luncheon begins at noon on Wednesday, April 17, in Hampton Room followed by the lecture at 1:15 p.m. This Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation program is free and open to the public. To make a reservation for the noon luncheon, send a check for $25 to Scripps College (memo: FAF), Box 1236, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont CA 91711. You may email us at or Holly Beckner at 909 762-6969.

This event is presented by Fine Arts Foundation Program