Explore the preservation of African American stories through quiltmaking with contemporary artist Bisa Butler and author, artist, and quilt historian Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi as they discuss how history along with current calls for racial justice have inspired their work. Butler, whose quilted portrait of Frederick Douglass entitled The Storm, the Whirlwind and the Earthquake was recently added to TMA’s collection, is known for her vibrant, life-sized quilted portraits celebrating Black identity, history, and culture. Dr. Mazloomi, 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow, is a leading authority on African American quilts and has fostered the perpetuation of quiltmaking through her national organization the Women of Color Quilter’s Network (WCQN).
This event is being held in conjunction with the TMA exhibition Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change open Nov. 21, 2020 through Feb. 14, 2021.
Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac, ProMedica, Checker Distribution, TMA Ambassadors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Image of Bisa Butler by Bolu Gbadebo
This virtual event is free, but advanced registration is required; the
live-stream link will be emailed to participants in advance.