Thursday, September 06, 2007

Clark Atlanta University - strip quilts in collection

On exhibit until October 26 at Clark Atlanta University is African Continuum in American Arts and Crafts. Did you know that Dr. Mary Twining, a professor of folklore, and the late art collector Ben Apfelbaum donated to the university's permanent collection "an assortment of strip quilts, sweet grass baskets and wood carvings"? If you have a copy of Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook, make a note in the chapter on African American quilts in museum collections this addition to Clark Atlanta U. In 2003, my survey of museums indicated there were 585 African American-made quilts in 100 permanent museum collections. I wonder, what is that number today? I wonder what new institutions have been added to the list since 2003. Hmmmmm.

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