Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Alabama Art Folk Gallery



The Birmingham Museum of Art has opened a new gallery dedicated to Alabama Folk Artists. Located in the former Young and Vann Building on First Avenue North in downtown Birmingham, it is currently featuring Charlie Lucas's work as well as Lonnie Holley and the Gee's Bend Quiltemakers. I've previously posted Charlie's work here. It's the perfect place to showcase our talented Alabama folk artists. I hope my Birmingham/Alabama readers will pay a visit here soon.

19 comments:

lodolite said...
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Rambling Round said...

Wow! Displaying folk art in a museum really shows it off. We're used to seeing these at craft shows outside. Big difference!

brattcat said...

I really like that first image. It's a beautiful, welcoming space. Wish I lived a little closer.

Thérèse said...

I must say I prefer the shadow of the sculpture to the sculpture itself!
"Log cabin" quilt: the first design I worked on.

Rather be Flying said...
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Tash said...

Love quilts, love these photos, V. The space looks inviting too - I'd spend a lot of time at this museum.

B SQUARED said...

I love the quilt. The colors are just amazing as is the pattern.

Virginia said...

Click on the link to the Gee's Bend Quilters. Their work is remarkable. Most are more "abstract" than this particular one. I would love to go visit them one day.
V

Char said...

you really should visit them - they are really trying to make it in a very poverty stricken area. the quilts are quite gorgeous.

altadenahiker said...

My eye was drawn to the quilt. I'd love to get my hands on the book.

Jacob said...

Folk art is usually quite in tune with the community, displaying its ethos in original and creative ways.

You have shown two excellent examples of that.

If, perchance, we have time to visit Birmingham (other than drive through on our way to someplace else) we'll certainly stop here to check it out.

Isn't it amazing how museums such as this are a breath of fresh air for a community?

Thanks for sharing!

Daryl said...

Folkart .. love it

JM said...

I like the contrast of the two walls. Old brick is allways great!

TheChieftess said...

I've always been partial to folk art...very inviting! Love the quilt!!!

alice said...

Beautiful quilt. But i am not able to sew... Thank you for visiting le bleu du ciel. I've just begun a new photo blog, easier for no-French speaking: lebleuduciel.aminus3.com, you're welcome!

marley said...

Looks like a great exhibit. And being locally produced is even better.

Kim said...

Love your shot of the gallery space in the museum. I'm a quilter and always love to see them well displayed. Taproot, the local theater company whose building was recently damaged in the fire I reported on actually did a play about the Gees Bend Quilters here in Seattle, and some of them came out for the performances and talked with audiences, if I understand that correctly. It was a big hit.
-Kim

Katie said...

Looks like a very interesting exhibit. I saw the Gee's Bend quilts a few years ago -- wonderful! Over the weekend I saw an exhibit of Amish quilts in SF. Almost makes me want to take up quilting!

Paula said...

I have a feeling you've found a treasure trove. These are so colorful and enticing and you're so lucky to have the museum.