Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee’s Bend Quilts, and Beyond
April 12, 2009 - September 13, 2009
Founded as a cotton plantation around 1820, Gee's Bend, Alabama, was isolated from much of the surrounding countryside. After the Civil War, the formerly enslaved people remained as tenant farmers and developed a distinctive local culture. Strikingly innovative, abstract quilts were often the only colorful or decorative furnishing in otherwise plain living spaces. Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend Quilts, and Beyond is the first exhibition to highlight one of Gee's Bend's most original artists, Mary Lee Bendolph, her predecessors and progeny, and the artistic dialogue they share with artists beyond their quilting community.
Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend Quilts, and Beyond is organized by the Austin Museum of Art and Tinwood Media. The exhibition is presented by Fidelity Investments. The exhibition catalogue is sponsored by Anderson Rogers Foundation.