Lectures by: Faith Ringgold, Dr. Daniel Atkinson, Dr. Myrah Brown Green and Denise Valentine
African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy will host the first ever National African-American Quilt Convention, a citywide event in celebration of the history and legacy of African Americans in Lawrence, the African-American quilting tradition, and contemporary art in various mediums by African-American artists. Plans for the convention include keynote speaker Faith Ringgold, exhibition, and demonstrations in various art forms in the Cultural District, including the Lawrence Public Library, Watkins Museum, and the Spencer Museum of Art; educational programming for children and adults; and historical walks and tours.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7 pm – Conference Keynote: Faith Ringgold: “More than 60 years”
In this survey, firsthand accounts about the civil rights movement in the “American People Series” will be addressed. Her inspiring, often humorous and always very human stories will illustrate her life’s work as an artist, activist, author, teacher and parent through the evolution of an awesome body of work that contains more than 100 paintings. Images from the Women on a Bridge Series, 1988, The French Collection, 1991, The American Collection, 1997 and the Coming to Jones Rd Series 2000 will be included.
Friday, July 14, 2017
6 pm – Dr. Daniel Atkinson: “George Walker the Dandy Revolutionary”
7 pm – Dr. Myrah Brown Green: “African Symbols”
8 pm – Denise Valentine: “Weaving Stories, Textile Tales: Patterns and Symbols in African Folktales and Fabrics”