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​Voices in the Threads: Quilts from the Mississippi Museum of Art

Union County Heritage Museum | New Albany

January - February, 2018

Crossroads Quilters, Pieces and Strings (detail), 1997, quilted fabric, with ink, appliqué, and embroidery. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchase, with funds from Searcy Fund, 2008.079.

Quilting has been a skill and art form in this country from the time the first settlers arrived. Both Euro-American and African American quilting traditions relied heavily on the use of bold color and patterns. In addition, at a time when women were unable to vote, hold office, or be publicly heard, quilting became an outlet for the expression of their thoughts and feelings. Often times, quilts were important documents to chronicle heritage and traditions, sometimes featuring pivotal or painful life experiences. The quilts in this exhibition are newer representations of some of the traditional quilting styles and celebrate the heritage of quilting in Mississippi. Many have been purchased by the MMA from the Mississippi Cultural Crossroads Quilters, a network of quilters in Port Gibson who, per their mission, “celebrate the traditional quilting heritage of their community, while creating educational and economic opportunities for its citizens.”

Union County Heritage Museum | 114 Cleveland Street, New Albany

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Free to the public

This exhibition is part of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.

About Art Across Mississippi

To celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art has curated exhibitions from its permanent collection for twelve host venues across the state. These exhibitions feature artworks by regionally acclaimed artists–past and present–including Walter Anderson, William Dunlap, William Ferris, Ke Francis, Marie Hull, Hystercine Rankin, and Sulton Rogers, among many others. Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities provides residents throughout the state the opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection in their own communities and reflect on the rich heritage of Mississippi’s visual arts while contemplating the meaning of the bicentennial moment.

Art Across Mississippi exhibitions are on view throughout the state at various locations between May 2017 and May 2018. These traveling presentations are companions to Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, a landmark exhibition more than 175 artworks interpreting the state’s rich artistic legacy over two centuries, brought home to the Museum in Jackson. Picturing Mississippi will be on view Dec. 9, 2017-July 8, 2018 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and Visit Jackson. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Bicentennial exhibitions created by the Mississippi Museum of Art are supported by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation and the state of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Additional support is provided by