Spotlight on the Gee’s Bend Quilt

This special program explores the remarkable history of Gee’s Bend quilts, hailing from Boykin, also known as Gee’s Bend, in Alabama, USA. This practice dates back to the 1800s and today, Gee’s Bend quilts are renowned for their vital contribution to the story of American art.

Join NGV Curators of Fashion and Textiles Katie Somerville and Danielle Whitfield, in conversation with Paris-based curator and cultural programmer Raina Lampkins-Fielder.

Lampkin-Fielder’s distinguished career in major museums, including the Whitney Museum and Brooklyn Museum, has now led her to focus on the preservation and presentation of art by African-American artists of the American South.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Gee’s Bend Quilt Appeal. The NGV is delighted to warmly welcome this remarkable hand-stitched quilt by Martha Pettway into the Collection.

The NGV warmly thanks all supporters who have made gifts to help secure this significant work:

Leadership Gifts
Mrs Rosemary Merralls
Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM & Family
Mr Chris Fleischner & Mrs Dawn Fleischner
Donors to the Gee’s Bend Quilt Appeal

Spotlight on the NGV Collection is a special online series designed exclusively for supporters of the NGV. This program is generously supported by the Spotlight Foundation.

This program is generously supported by the Spotlight Foundation:

Spotlight Foundation