Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition — Contemporary African American Quilts opened at the Lincoln Street location of the American Folk Art Museumin New York March 24, 2009. The exhibit, which was curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, will continue through August 23, 2009.
Mazloomi describes the exhibit this way: “Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition — Contemporary African American Quilts” has a focus on quilts inspired by jazz music. The sixty-four textiles, divided into two presentations, illustrate a broad range of techniques and inspirations and examine the importance of faith in the work of the fifty-five participating artists (including four men). Viewers are able to see, hear, and feel jazz through the quilts on view. Some quilt makers pay homage to their favorite musicians, others interpret their favorite song; yet another group reflects on the role jazz has played historically in the formation of African American identity. As a whole, their works illustrate the various styles in which multiple histories, traditions, and inspirations are expressed.”