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Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
551 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-374-1565

This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to expressive, decorative quilts, artistic quilts, and the work of painters and mixed media artists who improvise upon the form.


Quilt scholar, Maude Wahlman, has called African American quilts "the visual equivalent of blues, jazz, or gospel, rich with color and symbolism."  Many have reflections of African traditions built into them as they combine utilitarian and aesthetic elements. Quilts have long been used in African American life as both functional and symbolic objects, and catalysts for social interaction among women. Traditional quilt making has evolved into artistic expression, hung from walls rather than covering beds, and many fine artists have been inspired by them.

Information & Amenities
Age Range:All Ages
Discounts:Military, Other: Group, Senior Citizen, Student
Location:Center City (Uptown)
Payment Methods:American Express, Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Type:African-American, Art, Exhibits
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