How do artists reinterpret the past for new meaning in the present?
Contemporary artist Bisa Butler creates vivid, colorful quilted portraits that center and celebrate African American life and culture. Drawing imagery from found photographs and titles from films, literature, and other sources, Butler mines the archive to critique exclusionary histories and create new visions for the future. Art historian, independent curator, and author Dr. Myrah Brown Green documents the contributions of African American visual artists, including quilters, and creates quilts that draw on African American and indigenous fiber art traditions. Join us for a conversation about their art and activism, the exchange of generational memory, and their responses to selected works from the museum’s permanent collection.
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Image: Bisa Butler, The Warmth of Other Sons, 2020, (detail), Courtesy of the Claire Oliver Gallery.