June 14–October 7, 2012
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Open hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley showcases more than fifty quilts made throughout the American South between 1910 and the 1970s. Stunning color combinations and distinctively free patterns epitomize an artistic vision that is unique to the American folk art tradition. Occupying the entire third floor galleries, the exhibit is the largest historical quilt collection to be shown at Bellevue Arts Museum.
African American quilts, made entirely by women, are celebrated for their bold improvisation and modern take on traditional quilting patterns. Many of the quilts are made from materials that were readily available to the makers, including flour sacks, old blue jeans and work clothes. This early form of recycling and reuse was a necessity that became the foundation for unique expression. The exhibition will also explore a variety of construction techniques and quilting.
Bold Expressions is organized by Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California and curated by Christine Knoke. The exhibition is made possible in part by the City of Bellevue Arts Program.