Celebrate Black History Month at the Library
"The Quiltmakers Of Gee's Bend" is an uplifting, award-winning documentary that tells the modern-day "Cinderella" story of the quiltmakers of Gee's Bend, Alabama.
Director Celia Carey documents the lives of a group of African-American women from Alabama's Black Belt region, who see their lives radically changed as their artwork is suddenly recognized and embraced by the elite American museum world. The artists, primarily women born into extreme poverty, are descended from slaves and they still inhabit the land their forefathers once worked.
Hailed by New York Times art critic, Michael Kimmelman, as "some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced,” the film explores the extraordinary lives, inspirations, and history of the quiltmakers, and follows them on a poignant and journey to see their work exhibited in a major art museum.