The quilt exhibit creates an interesting juxtaposition to the other exhibit running at the museum: Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, featuring the artwork of women from the Ubuhle art organization in South Africa. Photos cannot capture the indescribable beauty of the beaded art. The narratives accompanying the artwork tell a powerful story of post-apartheid empowerment, tragedy, resistance, and cultural legacy. With the Renwick Gallery closed for renovations and the Textile Museum in the process of relocating, this exhibit is one of the few in the area focusing on international women's traditional handicrafts.
The exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is one of three quilt exhibitions being held east of the Anacostia River. The Anacostia Arts Center is presenting a curated exhibit of DC-area quilt organizations. Stitched DC is on view from February 15 through March 29. A public opening reception will be held on February 15 from 4-7pm, and the quilts will be on view Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-7pm. The Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE.
Finally, Matthews Memorial Baptist Church is hosting an art quilt exhibit with the Anacostia Art Quilters. Suffer the Little Children--Remembering Birmingham is a traveling exhibition of fourteen quilts created in memory of the four children killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The quilts are displayed in the Lecture Hall and an opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 12:30-2pm. The church is located at 2616 Martin Luther Kin, Jr. Avenue, SE.
In addition to the exhibitions, both the Anacostia Arts Center and the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum have quilt-related public education and family events planned. See their websites for a calendar of events.