Tuesday, October 23, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Public Reception and Curators’ Talk
McCabe Library Atrium
Installed concurrently with Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph, Responses to Gee’s Bend features works by 17 artists who were inspired by the aesthetic legacy of Gee’s Bend and created works specifically for McCabe Library’s space. The exhibition was curated by Andrea Packard, List Gallery director; Alicia Ruley-Nock, independent quilt maker; and Susan Dreher, Visual and Digital Initiatives Librarian. Selected from numerous applicants from across the United States, the artists featured in Responses to Gee’s Bend demonstrate a wide range of approaches, techniques, and thematic concerns. Participating artists are: Betty Leacraft, Michael Olszewski, Allyson Allen, Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, Chawne Kimber, Christina Johnson, Denise Roberts, Jas Mardis, Juanda Gikandi, Katie Baldwin, Melissa Maddonni Haims, Polly Dressler Bech, Rachael Dorr, Sheryl Kessler, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and Maisie Luo. Responses to Gee’s Bend will also feature WPA-era documentary photographs and contemporary contextual materials including excerpts from interviews with Gee’s Bend residents conducted by Swarthmore students Maisie Luo and Catherine Williams.