Friday, February 21, 2003

It's always nice to see artistic value found in an unlikely place -- not because the place is unlikely to yield art, but because we're generally unlikely to look there for the art that's been there all along. A case in point is the quilts of Gee's Bend.

These quilts, made by slave-descendents in the tiny town of Gee's Bend, Alabama, feature textile craft "imported" from Africa when the slaves were captured and likewise "imported". Lately, the quilts of Gee's Bend have attracted attention in art circles and have even been featured in museum exhibits in New York City. Amazing.

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