Hailed by the New York Times as “,” Gee’s Bend quilts constitute a crucial chapter in the history of American art.
The women of Gee's Bend, a small remote black community in Alabama, have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early 20th century to the present - carrying forward an old and proud tradition of textiles made for home and family. Gee's Bend quilts transform recycled work clothes and dresses, feed sacks and fabric remnants to sophisticated design vessels of cultural survival and continuing portraits of the women's identities.
Today, Gee's Bend quilts are in the permanent collections of over 20 leading art museums, including 21 quilts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection. Quilts are still being made at the Gee's Bend Quilt Collective in Southeast Alabama, as they have been for generations.