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Threaded, a new exhibition featuring textile works

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art Presents "Threaded," a new Exhibition Featuring
Textile Works by Contemporary Black Women Artists

On display at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Feb. 2 - May 24, 2024

Location: Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta,Georgia

Helen McBride Richter - Aint Studdin’ You - 2022
Qualeasha Wood - Ascension - 2022
Billie Zangewa - The Dreamer - 2016

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Threaded, an exhibition organized by and presented at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, presents a selection of contemporary artworks created by Black women working in textiles. This spring 2024 exhibition features works made with cotton, polyester, wool, sateen, corduroy, silk, chiffon, kente cloth, pima cloth, lace, velvet, and hand-dyed fabrics. In addition to textiles, visitors will encounter works adorned with cowrie shells, beads, broaches, and framed with wall paper. Quilts sometimes emerge from the desire to keep loved ones warm, and sometimes these objects gather, hold and bear witness to our stories. The works in Threaded are united by textile-based materials and a starting place of love and creativity.

The foundation of this Spelman Museum exhibition is seven newly-conserved quilts from the Gee’s Bend, Alabama quilting community in the Spelman Museum permanent collection. These works are joined by another Gee’s Bend quilt from the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum collection, in addition to ten prints. Threaded places quilts by Gee’s Bend artists in conversation with works by contemporary Black women artists that integrate materials and techniques that extend beyond the traditional category of “quilt.” The textile-based objects in the exhibition are a testament to the spirits of women who have passed down their knowledge, skills, and fabrics through generations.

Artists featured in Threaded at the Spelman Museum are Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee
Bendolph, Polly Bennett, Willie Ann Benning, Bisa Butler, Helen McBride Richter, Flora Moore,
Ruth Pettway Mosely, Ebony G. Patterson, Loretta Pettway, Bettie Bendolph Seltzer, Phyllis
Stephens, Sonie Joi Thompson-Ruffin, Qualeasha Wood and Billie Zangewa. Threaded opens on Friday, February 2, 2024. The museum is open and free to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 5pm. The exhibition will be on view at the Spelman Museum for the spring 2024 semester, February 2 - May 24, 2024. Threaded is curated by Liz Andrews, Ph.D and Karen Comer Lowe, with Brandy Pettijohn, Ph.D.

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Image Captions

Helen McBride Richter, …aint studdin’ you…, 2022, Cotton cloth, cotton batting, cotton threads, hand-dyed, thickened dye painted, improvisationally cut and machine-placed by artist. Machine-quilting assistance by Maxine Moore, Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Cox

Qualeasha Wood, Ascension, 2022, Jacquard cotton weave and glass seed beads, Collection of Kent and Tamara Kelley

Billie Zangewa, The Dreamer, 2016, Silk tapestry, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art purchase with support from the Friends of the Museum in celebration of the Museum's 20th Anniversary

About Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the only museum in the nation dedicated to art by and about women of the African diaspora. The museum is located on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia on the first floor of the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center. Initial plans for the Museum were spearheaded by arts faculty who believed that visual art is an essential component of a liberal arts education and that it plays a significant role in encouraging intellectual growth and it has served as a vital resource for the Spelman community and the Atlanta University Center since it opened in 1996. The Spelman Museum is an internationally respected nexus for excellent exhibitions and programs, and has a renewed commitment to growing and exhibiting the permanent collection of art.

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About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,300 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by the U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 39 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 2 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 17th year among historically Black colleges and universities. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors and minors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, data science, refugee studies and gaming. Collaborations have been also established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning, among others. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, former Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, Federal Reserve Governor Lisa D. Cook, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University professor and former Dean Evelynn Hammonds, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones.

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Silver Linings: Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection

 Silver Linings - Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection

Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women located in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the first-ever national tour of its art collection. The tour, made possible through the Art Bridges Foundation, will travel the group exhibition Silver Linings: Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection to five institutions across the United States, beginning with Vassar College in September. Through the work of nearly 40 artists, Silver Linings uplifts the legacy of artists of African descent spanning the 20th Century through the contemporary moment, many of whom have been overlooked by mainstream art museums. 

“Spelman’s art collection has long been regarded as a hidden gem and we have lent individual works of art for many years. Now, we are excited to share a selection of works by artists who shape our collection with audiences around the United States for the first time,” said Dr. Liz Andrews, Executive Director, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. “Our hope is that this tour will raise awareness of the work we are doing in Atlanta to uplift Black women artists.” 

Though Spelman College Museum of Fine Art was founded in 1996 with a mission to uplift art by and about women of the African diaspora, the college’s art collecting dates back to 1899. Originally curated by Spelman College Museum of Fine Art Executive Director Liz Andrews and Curator-in- Residence Karen Comer Lowe, Silver Linings celebrates Spelman College’s art collection while looking to the important role. 

Following its presentation at Vassar College, Silver Linings will travel to Boise Art Museum, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Harn Museum of Art and Hunter Museum of American Art. Please click here for a full list of institutions and exhibition dates.

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