February 18, 2023
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722
Opening Reception: Main & Lab Galleries: FREEDOM & Soft Tissues
Saturday, February 18, 2023
The Uhuru Quilters Guild, a group of 80 predominantly African American quilters who meet monthly to share work, challenge skills, and inspire future projects, has a mission to promote the work and accomplishments of African American quilters and preserve the traditions, culture, and history of quilting. This exhibition will include a collection of masterful quilts, varying in size, technique, and imagery, inviting the audience to the power of functional art. Included in the opening reception of this exhibition will be a live performance from artist Liz Ann Miller titled Rituals for Cleansing Racial Violence, a fascinating visual experience celebrating the importance of hair as it relates to African American culture.
Soft Tissues amplifies the legitimacy of textile art, both for the present enjoyment and conservation for the future. It champions artists subverting materials and forms that have historically faced public and institutional marginalization, to create deeply personal artworks and promote textiles as an enduring instrument for storytelling.