"African American Quilts: Women Piecing Together Memories and Dreams" Exhibition

Shiseido Gallery

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This exhibition introduces approximately twenty quilts created by African-American women which portray their beauty based on the aesthetic sensitivities of their African roots. In contrast to the more restrained quilt designs made on the East Coast and Midwest of the United States, many African-American quilts from the South display dynamic improvisational designs and a different type of beauty.

Dynamic colors and rhythmical composition are profoundly expressed in these quilts — the gallery hopes that on your visit you will encounter the beauty engendered in the lives of these African-American women, and the fact that they turned their personal and collective dreams and memories into these quilts by piecing together old family clothes, and so on.

In 1975, Shiseido introduced American quilts for the first time to the Japanese audience by organizing the exhibition "American Piecing Quilts". Now, more than thirty years after that exhibition, it is proud to be able to again introduce the new world of American quilts.

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From 2007-08-28 To 2007-10-14

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neioumi: (2007-09-24 at 01:09)

アメリカ南部に住むアフリカ系女性がつくったキルト展。
ジーンズをほどいて一枚の布にしたもの。
大きくてはっきりした色の布を大胆に使ったもの。
小さくパーツ分けした布を気の遠くなるような作業で縫い合わせたに違いないもの。
表裏がわかれないように、たくさんの箇所を糸でとめて模様のようにしてしまったもの。
(それもはっきりとした色で)

余り布を縫い合わせて丹念につくりました、というのは想像に難くないけれど、
余り布だからこその色あいや異素材の組み合わせも見ていて飽きないのだけれど
彼女ら(移民)の抱えるマイナスな面を感じさせず、
底抜けた明るさとか、大胆さのようなところが感じられて面白い。

しかし、「おばあちゃんのベットカバー」といわれるキルトが、このように展示されるということが、日常にありふれたものを芸術として認めるのか否か…という重要なメッセージをはらんでいるようにも思えます。

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