We will be adding more downloadable educational materials including lesson plans and additional chapters from our books. Eventually, we should also have clips from our documentaries available.
Available Downloads and Resources
Lonnie Holley (b. 1951). Obstacles Before The Goal.
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From Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South, Volume 1
"An Introduction to Other Rivers" by Paul Arnett
From Thornton Dial in the 21st Century
"The Road From Emelle" by William Arnett
From Gee's Bend: The Women and Their Quilts
The lives and history of several Gee's Bend quiltmakers, written in their own words
Gee's Bend: The Women and Their Quilts and The Quilts of Gee's Bend
"Arlonzia Pettway's Family History: Dinah th Slave and Her Descendants"
From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt
"A New Generation of 'Housetops'" by Louisiana P. Bendolph
From Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend Quilts, and Beyond
"The Life and Art of Mary Lee Bendolph" by Joanne Cubbs
For a scholarly, engaging, and detailed introduction to the Souls Grown Deep exhibition, read Thomas McEvilley, "The missing tradition - African American art, Atlanta City Hall; Thornton Dial, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta Georgia" Art in America, May 1997, taken from www.findarticles.com
For the original article that helped put the Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibition on the map, read Michael Kimmelman, "ART REVIEW; Jazzy Geometry, Cool Quilters," New York Times, 29 November 2002, taken from www.nytimes.com
For an article outlining the key ideas surrounding the exhibition Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt, read Michael O'Sullivan, "'Gee's Bend': A Strong Foundation," Washington Post, 6 July 2007, page WE21, taken from www.washingtonpost.com
To contextualize the individual histories and artistic relationships presented in the exhibition, Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend Quilts, and Beyond, read a scholarly essay written by Tinwood Alliance curator, Stephanie Burak.
Read a scholarly review of Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt written by Teri Klassen, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. This article is provided by Museum Anthropology Review's website and has or will be published by Museum Anthropology, Uncoverings and the Journal of American Folklore and Midwestern Folklore.
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Gee's Bend Lesson Plans for elementary school students created by the Whitney Museum of American Art (Pre- and post-visit materials to accompany The Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibition)
Gee's Bend Lesson Plans for junior high and high school students created by the Whitney Museum of American Art (Pre- and post-visit materials to accompany The Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibition)