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Exhibit Design & Museum-Related Projects: Huntington Library

Gee's Bend: Shared Legacy

Sept. 17, 2022–Sept. 4, 2023

Erburu Gallery 9


This focused installation of prints made by members of Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers’ Collective from Alabama showcases their unique collaboration with a local printer, using new techniques to capture the complexities of their designs. In addition to the prints on display, each installment will also exhibit one of two quilts by Mary Lee Bendolph. 

Gee’s Bend, Alabama is home to one of the most important African American quilt-making traditions in the United States. Quilting began there by the 19th century, when enslaved women sewed quilts for themselves and their families. As quilters passed down memory, skill, and meaning from generation to generation, they developed both individual and collective artistic practices unique to the community. Their works, which have been shown widely in museums over the past two decades, are celebrated for their soft geometries, bold juxtapositions of color, and inventive use of materials.


All images are © Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, 2022


Exterior banners on the east side of the gallery building announce the exhibition


Entrance signage


The Erburu lobby now showcases the various exhibitions on view with window clings


The title wall reflects the unusual geometry in the artwork.


The north wall of the gallery


The gallery, looking northeast


Some of the amazing works on view


Each artist has an adjacent focus panel


One of the focus panels showcasing the printers

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