Saturday, May 15, 2021

A day downtown, part 2: Bisa Butler's quilts!

 Bisa Butler's magnificent portrait quilts are on exhibit at the Art Institute.  Wow. Wow. Wow.  Here is AIC website.  They're large -- 6 x 8 feet or so. 

Butler bases her portraits on photographs. 

These are the girls who died in the Birmingham Church bombing in 1963.

The corridor between galleries was wallpapered.

The exhibit catalog was sold out at the museum store.  They said to log into the shop website to see when they restock.  I contented myself with a packet of postcards. Okay, two packets. :)


TheEclecticAbuela said...

My daughter gave me a book about the exhibit, and I just finished reading it about five minutes ago. One thing I found fascinating was in the "Southside Sunday Morning" portrait of the five boys. In four places, the figures' shoes (in one case, hair) lapped over into the binding, as if they were coming out of the quilt! Such beautiful work--I'd love to see it (and all the others!) up close.

Thanks for sharing this.

Ann said...

What a thrill to see these in person, Nann. I hope to see them sometime but for now I'm enjoying your post. Thanks!!

Sewgranny said...

Oh my goodness, what a talent, the pictures are stunning, I can only imagine how awesome it was to actually see this exhibit!!!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Fantastic work - stunning and beyond!