This week the High Museum of Art in Atlanta held a groundbreaking Convening to discuss black quilts. The High Museum is planning an exhibit of quilts made by African American quilters tentatively entitled Patterns in Abstraction that will open in June, 2024.
The convening included a panel discussion that I was honored to participate in with Marsha MacDowell and Bridget Cook. Katie Jentelson, The Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self‑Taught Art at the High Museum, moderated the panel.
The following day thought leaders, historians and quilters gathered with staff members of the High Museum to brainstorm and debate how best to speak about and to exhibit African American quilts.
It was an important event that will be instrumental in how African American quilts will be perceived and understood in the future. I was honored to be asked to participate.