Stitching the Transatlantic: Liberian Quilts from the John Singler Collection

Stitching the Transatlantic: Liberian Quilts from the John Singler Collection

Founded in 1847 by former American slaves, the West African nation of Liberia possesses a long tradition of quiltmaking. Settlers transported knowledge of American quilts to their new nation, transforming the genre into a unique form of material culture that has endured to the present day. This exhibition of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Liberian quilts includes patterns familiar to American quiltmakers—e.g., Log Cabin and Princess Feather—as well as imagery specific to West Africa, such as the breadfruit tree, which arrived in the region from the South Pacific in the mid-nineteenth century. "Liberian Quilts" offers a glimpse into a little-known quilt tradition and introduces its history, makers, and predominant styles.

Event Date
Friday, January 18, 2019 to Sunday, June 16, 2019