The Work of Their Hands

February 23, 2024 – October 20, 2024

About The Exhibition

The anchor work of The Work of Their Hands is a tulip quilt made 170 years ago by an now unknown, enslaved woman in North Carolina. Through her masterful stitchwork and time-honored design, this unknown artist sewed a story of strength and perseverance. Spinning forward from this quilt and its practice, The Work of Their Hands explores the continuing legacy of quilt-making and the evolution of textile art, starting with traditional quilts made for bedcoverings to contemporary fabric artworks by artists like Celeste Butler, Michael Cummings, Gee’s Bend quilters, Michael James, Beverly Smith and others.

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