Places: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend at the de Young

The de Young Museum’s current exhibition, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, is an important look into the work of four generations of African-American women residing in Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

Gee’s Bend is a small hamlet on the banks of the Alabama River with a population of about 700 descendants of former slaves. Long isolated by geography and poverty, the women of the area developed a wholly unique and improvisational style of quilt making. Characterized by bold colors, abstract patterns, and a free-flow approach using scrap fabrics, the quilts pop with an electricity that is not often found in American quilt making.

The show runs through December 31st.