A new national traveling exhibit organized by Cincinnati Museum Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Women of Color Quilters Network
Curated by artist, historian and national lecturer Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations features works of superb artistry that draw on the enduring American tradition of narrative storytelling through the textile art of quilting.
As the founder of the nonprofit, 1,700-member Women of Color Quilters Network, Mazloomi is in a unique position to bring together quilts from more than 50 contemporary artists that reflect on moments in history that have contributed to transformations of social justice in America and across the globe.
Comprising 67 unique story quilts, this is a one-of-a kind exhibition that makes a spectacular collective visual impact and showcases the diversity, creativity and power of a texture-rich, color-saturated folk art form.
The quilts of And Still We Rise represent their artists’ mastery of a diverse range of fiber art techniques, among them free-motion quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, appliqué, fiber collage, fusing, and hand beading. Reflecting each artist’s unique story, training, and style, the materials incorporated into the textile narratives include cotton, batik, organdy, metal, newsprint, beads, found objects, photo transfers, buttons, shell, wood, and vintage fabrics.
The works of And Still We Rise engage visitors to reflect on and respond to significant national events from the 17th century into the 21st century. The exhibition’s resonant theme is the triumph of the human spirit within African American culture.
By exploring and unpacking events of four centuries through a female-dominated art medium, the quilts of this exhibition bear witness to and relate perspectives that written history has often neglected.
For more information, contact:
Director of Exhibits Business Development
Cincinnati Museum Center
(513) 375-7294, toll free 1-800-733-2077 ext. 7035