Current Exhibitions
From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
1.24.16 – 4.10.16
Hodge & Temporary Exhibition Galleries

For generations, quilt making has occupied a central place in American life, especially in the rural South. Quilts were integral to survival in drafty houses and often the only colorful or decorative furnishing in otherwise plain living space. For many African American women, quilt making was both an art form and a community event that simultaneously strengthened bonds between generations and shaped individual identities.

This exhibition showcases the work of 20th-century African American quilt artists from Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The quilts were made between 1945 and 2006 and represent major themes in traditional and unconventional design. The exhibition includes examples of pieced quilts, appliqué, as well as the improvisational techniques and alternative materials that are common practices for contemporary quilt makers. Accompanying this exhibition is the catalogue Just How I Picture it in My Mind: Contemporary African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

This exhibition is organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Everybody Quilt
Roman Stripes Britchy Quilt
Housetop/Strip Quilt
Rosa Parks I
Everybody Quilt


Mary Maxtion
American, born 1924
Active Boligee, Greene County, Alabama
Everybody Quilt, ca. 1991
Cotton, cotton/ polyester blend, polyester, wool, rayon
84 x 87 inches (213.36 cm x 220.98 cm)
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama,Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase 2004.21.9
Sponsored by:
Michigan Humanities Council
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