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African American Quilts: From Traditional to Contemporary

January 20 @ 10:00 am - April 15 @ 5:00 pm


January 20 @ 10:00 am
April 15 @ 5:00 pm
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Mercer Museum

The Mercer Museum hosts two African-American quilt exhibits featuring both traditional and contemporary pieces.  Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar highlights the textile collections of the late Cuesta Benberry, a 20th Century pioneer and researcher in the field of American, and especially African-American, quilt-making. The exhibit features 13 important quilts from Benberry’s collection, plus related materials.  It traces her contributions to quilt scholarship, as well as reveals the rich history of African-American quilting.  The show includes works by such well-known individuals and communities as Faith Ringgold and the Gee’s Bend quilters, as well as a quilt by Benberry herself.  Unpacking Collections is a Michigan State University Museum/Great Lakes Quilt Center activity, and is made possible by a Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at Michigan State University with additional support from an anonymous gift.

Also on view in conjunction with the Benberry exhibit is The Friendly Quilters: 21st Century Traditions.  A vibrant and highly-creative quilting group, centered in Bucks County, the Friendly Quilters continue to produce both traditional and innovative textiles that push the boundaries of African-American quilt-making.  Approximately two dozen works, ranging from full-size quilts to wall hangings, comprise the exhibit.

Locally sponsored by:
African American Museum of Bucks County
Melissa V. Bond, Attorney

Programming Support provided by Barbara Fighera Harrison


Among the oldest artifacts in the Mercer Museum are a 2,000 year old whale oil lamp and Native American implements dating to 6,000-8,000 BC.
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