Thursday, March 31, 2011

African American Quilts Exhibition and Performance coming to San Diego

Egg Timer, Alabama 1940s
BOLD EXPRESSIONS — AFRICAN AMERICAN QUILTS from the Collection of Corrine Riley opens Sunday, May 15 at Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego and continues through Sunday, November 6.
The exhibition, which occupies most of the gallery space on the Museum’s upper level, showcases more than fifty quilts made throughout the American South between 1910 and the 1970s. Stunning color combinations and distinctively free patterns epitomize an artistic vision that is unique to the American folk art tradition. African American quilts, made entirely by women, are celebrated for their bold improvisation and modern take on traditional quilting patterns. Many of the quilts are made from materials that were readily available to the makers, including flour sacks, old blue jeans and work clothes and fabric remnants. This early form of recycling and reuse was a necessity that became the foundation for unique expression. The exhibition will also explore a variety of construction techniques and quilting.

Mingei International Museum is located at 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For information, call 619-239-0003 or visit

Quilt Me a Story
A Performance and Discussion with the Black Storytellers of San Diego

Saturday, June 11, 2011 7 - 8:30 pm
Location: Balboa Park
African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley, enjoy an evening with the award winning Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc. (BSSD). Rooted in the oral traditions of African and African American cultural heritage, BSSD educates, entertains and inspires through the power of the spoken word. This rich evening will include performances by BSSD artists on the history, tradition and creators of African American Quilts, followed by an engaging discussion on the importance of oral and visual storytelling traditions in African American culture and beyond. The Museum will open at 6pm for attendees to view the exhibition prior to the performance.
Advance Reservations Suggested $8 Museum members, students and faculty / $12 Non-membersInformation: 619-704-7498

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