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"Hands" Quilt
"Hands" Quilt, Winter 1980
Sarah Mary Taylor, American
Pieced and appliquéd cotton and synthetic solid and printed plain weave, twill, flannel, knit, dotted swiss, and damask
83 1/4 x 78 inches (211.5 x 198.1 cm)
The Ella King Torrey Collection of African American Quilts, 2006
2006-163-11
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Quilt Stories: The Ella King Torrey Collection of African American Quilts and Other Recent Quilt Acquisitions
August 16, 2008 - March 1, 2009

Quilt Stories: The Ella King Torrey Collection of African American Quilts and other Recent Quilt Acquisitions includes thirteen examples by leading Southern quiltmakers. The collection was formed between 1980 and 1983 while Ms. Torrey was conducting fieldwork on African American quiltmaking with Maude Southwell Wahlman.

Among its highlights are an appliquéd "word quilt" by the Mississippi artist Sarah Mary Taylor (born 1916) and one of her "hand" quilts, a version commissioned for the film The Color Purple. Two quilts in the collection are by Taylor’s mother, Pearlie Posey (1894–1984), who in 1980 followed her daughter’s lead and began creating rainbow-hued figurative appliqué quilts.
 

Curator

Dilys Blum • The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles

Location

Joan Spain Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building

Related Exhibitions

This exhibition is being held in conjunction with Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt and Linda Day Clark: The Gee's Bend Photographs.

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