The Craft in America Center presents “Quilting American Stories: Portraits by Michael A. Cummings & Landscapes by Judith Content” running from Saturday, Jan. 11, through Saturday, March 7.
The center will display quilt portraits by Cummings that include Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin and Mae Jemison. The celebratory exhibition of his work coincides with African American History Month. Paired with the portraits in the adjoining gallery are abstracted, quilted landscapes by Content. The dual exhibition brings some of the vibrant works featured in Craft in America’s PBS episode “Quilts,” which aired on Dec. 27.
Cummings is a nationally recognized quilter who lives and works in New York City. Originally from L.A., Cummings brings years of painting and collage skills to his quilt making. Cummings’s works tell stories of the African American experience across historical, cultural, philosophical and mythical realms.
Content’s works are inspired by nature and created using a Japanese resist-dye technique known as “arashi shibori.” She creates abstract wall quilts in her Palo Alto studio that expand the definition of what quilts can be. Each piece is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow in natural landscapes.
Content will speak at an opening for the exhibit on Jan. 11, at 4 p.m., followed by a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. The Craft in America Center is located at 8415 W. Third St. For information, call (323)951-0610, or visit craftinamerica.org/center.
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