By Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Museum
A worthy, ancient contribution, this can be the 1st ebook at the quiltmaking culture of African american citizens in Michigan. With 60 images of quilts, it brings jointly many photos within the exploration of African American quilting and examines quiltmaking as a sort girls have used to make contributions to the old that means of the African American family members and neighborhood.
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The volume also includes a series of photographs of individual quilts and quilters that provide a sampling of the experiences of African American quilters in Michigan. The photographic portraits taken by Kalamazoo-based artist Mary Whalen sensitively capture the quiltmakers and the use of their quilts within the context of their homes and studios. The majority of these quilts and quilters were included in the exhibition at Michigan State University Museum. To conclude the volume, Anita Marshall, a former Michigan State University librarian and member of the advisory committee for this project, compiled an extensive and annotated bibliography for those who are inspired to continue the study of African American quilters.
Her references are divided into sections addressing African American quilting in general, African American quilting in Michigan, and individual quilters. Included are newspaper and journal articles, educational programs, exhibition catalogues, books, festival materials, and exhibition schedules. More than 300 significant historical and contemporary quilts are now part of the Michigan State University Museum collections and include numerous examples of African and African American quilts. African American quilters are well represented in the Michigan Traditional Arts Research Collections.
3. For a description of the project, see C. Kurt Dewhurst, Ruth D. Fitzgerald, and Marsha MacDowell, "The Michigan Quilt Project" in Michigan Quilts: 150 Years of a Textile Tradition, eds. Marsha MacDowell and Ruth D. Fitzgerald (East Lansing: Michigan State University Museum, 1987), 165-70. 4. See especially Maude Southwell Wahlman, Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts (New York: Studio Books in association with Museum of American Folk Art, 1993); Robert Farris Thompson, "African Influences on the Art of the United States," in Black Studies in the University: A Symposium, eds.
African American Quiltmaking in Michigan by Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Museum