Missouri Pettway quilt

Missouri Pettway (American, circa 1902–1981). Blocks and Strips Work-Clothes Quilt, 1942. Cotton, corduroy, cotton sacking, 90 x 78 in. Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Lecture: "Love Lies Here: Gee's Bend, Quilt-work, and the Lessons of Love"

Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

“What is the role of creativity in the work of grief?” asks historian Lisa Gail Collins in this talk focusing on the quilt made in 1942 by Missouri Pettway from the clothes of her lost husband. This talk considers how the practice of quilt-making may have supported the process of grieving for a widowed woman within the small African American riverbank community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, a place put on the map by its unique and breathtaking quilts. This program is free with Museum admission.