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Brooklyn artist & college professor showcases African American quilt exhibit

The collection of vibrant quilts weaves together ancestral African cultures and the modern African-American experience.

Shakti Denis

Sep 1, 2023, 12:42 AM

Updated 324 days ago

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A new exhibit is bringing African American heritage to life in the form of quilts at the Richard Beavers Gallery in Bed-Stuy. 
The collection of vibrant quilts weaves together ancestral African cultures and the modern African American experience. 
"A lot of people think that quilting is an American art style," said Dr. Myrah Brown Green, the artist behind the exhibit and an adjunct professor of art history at Medgar Evers College. "However, there has been fragments of quilted fabric found thousands and thousands of years ago in parts of Africa."  The exhibit includes a series of faceless Guardian Angels that pay tribute to the lived experiences of Black women in society and embody their various roles through centuries. "It's those that walk with us all the time, those that we learn from, those that we share with, those that learn from us," Brown Green said. 
Talking Quilts will be on display at the Richard Beavers Gallery until Oct. 7. 


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