Monday, June 9, 2008

Gee's Bend

Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt at the Denver Art Museum, surprises and delights.

This last Saturday, some of the quilters came to Denver all the way from Alabama for a day of gallery sitting and sample sewing.

The show is a wonderful survey of quilts from Gee's Bend, Alabama, one of the poorest areas in the country. The quilters have become somewhat celebrities in the last couple years, with their work featured on US postage stamps, and sewing with Martha Stewart and other celebrities. The exhibit is a wonderful survey, from the faded blue work shirts in the beginning, to the more modern experimental quilts at the end. Corduroy is big in this show, showcasing the 70's Sears avocado green color. There are some nice surprises, like the double white cross of basketball jerseys, as shown above. I was also surprised to find a beautiful aqua colored fabric incorporated into some of the quilts in the back room. Not one quilt is perfectly square, high-lighting the handmade quality of the work. The exhibit inspired me to go home and rip up old stained t-shirts and search through C's closet for thread worn clothes (not a difficult task). The show is up until July 6th, and shouldn't be missed.

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