Last week my husband mentioned that the Cincinnati Reds were doing pretty well this year, and would I be interested in going to a game? "Actually," I responded, "There's a quilt exhibit at the Freedom Center that I'd like to see, and it's only going to be there for another week."
So we got our tickets and yesterday we went to The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is located next to Great American Ballpark where the Reds play in Cincinnati.
"Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition" unites two artistic forms, quilts and jazz. The exhibition features 64 quilts from African American quilters. This show is FANTASTIC! If you like art quilts and can get to Cincinnati by this Sat., Aug. 14, I strongly recommend it.
The Freedom Center is open Tues.-Sat. from 11 am-5 pm and ticket prices are $12. The quilts are in the changing exhibit gallery on the third floor. The admission price includes all the exhibits in the museum.
There is an enormous raganon quilt by Aminah Robinson titled "Journeys I & II" that is a permanent part of the museum's collection and is located on the second floor across from the elevator. If you've read my blog, you might remember that I was a docent at the Springfield Museum of Art last fall when they had an exhibit of Aminah's quilts and paintings.
The museum doesn't allow any photos, but I did find a blog post by Sonji Hunt, one of the quilters included in the exhibit, and she has photos from the opening when the show was at the King Arts Complex in Columbus on Feb. 9, 2007.
If you don't live in Ohio, there are two more venues coming up:
The Hub-Robeson Galleries at Penn State University, in University Park, PA.
Sept. 24-Dec. 6, 2010
The Museum of the African Diaspora, in San Francisco, CA.
Jan. 20-Apr. 3, 2011
And if you're wondering, the Reds lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 8 to 4. Oh well, at least the quilts were good.
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