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Community Dialogue
If These Quilts Could Talk
February 27 • 2p
Isabel Hall

Free to the public.

Quilts passed down through generations have their own special stories, evoking shared experiences, history, and personal memories. Visitors are invited to bring in their own quilts and share the stories they hold in this community dialogue.
Mary Maxtion, Everybody Quilt, ca. 1991
From the exhibition From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of
Fine Arts

Mary Maxtion
American, b. 1924
Active Boligee, Greene County, Alabama
Everybody Quilt, ca. 1991
Cotton, cotton/polyester blend, polyester, wool, rayon
84 x 87 inches
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2004.21.9
Book Discussion
Leaving Gee's Bend
by Irene Latham

Part I: Art Lecture
February 3 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall
Part II: Book Discussion
February 17 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall

Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but she can still put in a good stitch. Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things go wrong. But when Mama goes into labor early and gets deathly ill, it seems like even quilting won't help. That's when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic—leave Gee's Bend for the very first time. Mama needs medicine that can only be found miles away in Camden. But that doesn't stop Ludelphia. She just puts one foot in front of the other.

What ensues is a wonderful, riveting and sometimes dangerous adventure. Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mother proud, and ends up saving the day for her entire town.

Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of Gee's Bend, Alabama, Leaving Gee's Bend is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facing a brave new world.

Leaving Gee's Bend
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Thompson Lecture
Past Lecture
Beyond the Horizon: a History of Blue
Dr. James Fox
Guest Lecturer
Dr. James Fox

The Thompson Lecture was established in 1991 by Dr. and Mrs. Jack W. Thompson to enable the Flint Institute of Arts to present a distinguished speaker in the arts or humanities each year. The Thompson Lecture is one of the Institute's few members-only events and was established, in part, to attract new members to the FIA.
Newport Waterfront

Childe Hassam
American, 1859–1935
Newport Waterfront, 1901
Oil on canvas
26.25 x 24.125 inches
Gift of The Whiting Foundation through Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Johnson, 1972.31

Media Sponsor
Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
Previous Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
"Sweet are Your Charms"
Portrait Sculpture from Ancient Mesopotamia

Guest Lecturer
Trudy S. Kawami, PhD
Director of Research at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation

Dr. Alan Klein

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.
Book Discussion
Previous Book Discussion
The Art Whisperer
by Charlotte & Aaron Elkins

So she's understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur's eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at the Palm Springs Brethwaite Museum, her current employer.

Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite's despicable senior curator, obsessed with the "maximization of monetized eyeballs," angrily refuses to take action. But it's only after a hooded intruder attacks Alix in her hotel room that the real trouble begins. And when FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth—with whom Alix had inadvertently, but thoroughly, botched a budding relationship just a year prior—turns up to investigate the Pollock, Alix knows she's about to have her hands full.

In her third mystery, Alix London must see through mirages in the desert to uncover the knotted history of the painting—and save herself in the process.

The Art Whisperer

FIA book discussions are free to the public and focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections. The first meeting for each book sets the stage by exploring artists and artwork related to the selected book. Two weeks later, the book is discussed.
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