Lanesboro Arts is presenting “Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering Those Lost To Police Brutality.” The exhibition, part of an ongoing initiative to portray diverse voices through local programming, features 26 quilts curated by Carolyn Mazloomi and is part of Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network’s “We Are the Story” initiative.
The show opens Saturday, Feb.13 and runs through Thursday, April 1. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering Those Lost To Police Brutality” is a national juried exhibition which showcases quilts that honor those whose lives were violently ended due to police negligence and brutality. The show also critiques the targeting and criminalization of black bodies throughout history. The “We Are the Story” initiative features group and solo exhibitions that build upon symbols of liberation, resistance and empowerment, offering a visually compelling account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that comprise black history in an honest and critical way.
When Minneapolis became the epicenter of the nationwide protest movement against police brutality and racism in America following the death of George Floyd on Monday, May 25, 2020, Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) joined forces to create “We Are the Story.” The multi-venue initiative features group and solo exhibitions that build upon symbols of liberation, resistance and empowerment. The exhibition offers a visual account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that comprise black history. “We Are the Story” is under the curatorial direction of Carolyn Mazloomi, WCQN founder and member of Textile Center’s National Artist Advisory Council.
“Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering Those Lost To Police Brutality” is one of two juried exhibitions that serve as a centerpiece for “We Are the Story.” The calls for entries were opened in mid-June to all artists regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, race, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. From the 423 entries submitted by the July 31 deadline, Mazloomi selected 89 quilts for the two exhibitions.
This exhibition is part of Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network’s “We Are the Story” initiative. This exhibit is sponsored by Commonweal Theatre and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
For more information visit www.lanesboroarts.org, call 507-467-2446 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro, Minn.
For African American women, quilts have always been at the core of artistic expression, taking form in the social, economic and spiritual lives of the women who make them. Founded by Mazloomi in 1985, WCQN is a non-profit national organization whose mission is to educate, preserve, exhibit, promote and document quilts made by African Americans. WCQN showcases the work of its members through critically acclaimed traveling exhibitions that tour museums throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian. WCQN has exhibited quilts in Japan, England, South African, Italy and Australia as part of art programs sponsored by the United States Department of State. For more information, visit wcqn.org.
About Carolyn Mazloomi
Historian, curator, author, lecturer, artist, mentor, founder, and facilitator — the remarkable and tireless Mazloomi has left her mark on many lives. Trained as an aerospace engineer, she turned her sights and tireless efforts in the 1980s to bringing the many unrecognized contributions of African American quilt artists to the attention of the American people as well as the international art communities. From the founding of the African American Quilt Guild of Los Angles in 1981 to the 1985 founding of the WCQN, Mazloomi has been at the forefront of educating the public about the diversity of interpretation, styles and techniques among African American quilters as well as educating a younger generation of African Americans about their own history through the quilts the WCQN members create.
A major force as an artist in her own right, Mazloomi’s quilts can be found in private collections around the world and in distinguished museum collections in the United States. She has published 12 books highlighting African American-made quilts. Her artistic work, as well as her defense of solid research, has disrupted long-standing myths about African American quilts, myths much debated among quilt historians and quilters alike, and thus moved the conversation about African American quilt history forward to more a solid academic footing. For more information, visit carolynmazloomi.com.
About Textile Center
Textile Center is unique as America’s national center for fiber art, with a mission to honor textile traditions, promote excellence and innovation, and inspire widespread participation in fiber arts. The center’s resources include exceptional fiber art exhibitions, an artisan shop, a professional-grade dye lab, a natural dye plant garden, and one of the nation’s largest circulating textile libraries open to the public.
Textile Center produces more than 200 classes a year for all ages and skill levels through its youth, adult, older adult, and outreach programs. A dynamic hub of fiber activity for 25 years, Textile Center brings people together in community to learn, create, share, and be inspired by fiber art. textilecentermn.org.