Gee’s Bend Quilts on display at DePaul Art Museum

Whether you’re an experienced quilter, novice, or know nothing at all, you still can appreciate the artistic beauty and historic significance of Gee’s Bend Quilts. Now through June 22, the DePaul Art Museum (located at the DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus),  will display examples from Gee’s Bend in addition to other more modern quilts from the region of western Alabama. Gee’s Bend quilts, some dating back to the 1800s, carry more colorful and geometric designs from the Euro-American quilts of that time. The departure from that style is just one reason why these quilts are so sought after. For more information on the exhibit, visit the DePaul Art Museum at 935 W. Fullerton, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop in Chicago. It is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit www.depaul.edu/museum.

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This 84-by-87 inch quilt made by Mary Maxtion was made around 1991 and is called the “Everbody Quilt.” It is made of cotton, polyester, wool and rayon. The quilt will be on display at the DePaul Art Museum April 10 – June 22. (Image courtesy of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts)

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  1. Gee’s Bend quilts are very inspiring!

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