Gee’s Bend Quilts
On view through April 2
The Currier Museum of Art recently acquired five Gee’s Bend quilts through the generous gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and purchase.
In a small, Black community just south of Selma, Alabama, several generations of women collectively developed a distinctive style of quilt making. The place is known as Gee’s Bend, after an angle in the Alabama River where a cotton plantation was once located. This shared practice began before the emancipation of Black people in the 19th century and continues to this day. Gee’s Bend quiltmakers recycled work clothes and other fabric remnants to create functional bed coverings adorned with abstract, geometric designs.
This gallery features contemporary works of art, including Faith Ringgold’s response to quilting tradition.
Support by Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley.
artist in residence
Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.
Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.
Open Call for Artist in Residence Applications
Our annual open call is currently live from October 1 – December 1, 2022. Artists who share the museum’s goal of positively impacting communities through the transformative power of art are encouraged to apply to this residency.