First Friday - "Stitching the Transatlantic"

First Friday - "Stitching the Transatlantic"

Friday, April 5, 2019

Save the date for “Stitching the Transatlantic: Liberian and African American Quilts” at 5:30 p.m. on April 5, 2019, as part of this month's First Friday festivities.

Sponsored by the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Excellence Fund, this lightning talk and Q&A event will explore Liberian and African American quilts, and the connections between them. Held in conjunction with two Africa-focused exhibitions, this program features four experts who will introduce their quilt research in a lightning talk format (20 slides at 20 seconds each). Afterwards, the Q&A session will provide further discussion on quiltmaking in the African diaspora, with special emphasis on the trans-Atlantic exchange of quilts and quiltmaking between the United States and Liberia.

Moderator: Marin Hanson, IQSCM Curator of International Collections


  • John Singler, NYU Professor Emeritus of linguistics
  • Stephanie Beck Cohen, independent art historian and curator
  • Kyra E. Hicks, author, quilt historian, quiltmaker

First Fridays at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum run are FREE and include admission to the galleries from 4-7 p.m., light refreshments and complimentary programs.