Lecture to examine African American quilts

Pearlie M. Johnson
Pearlie M. Johnson

Guest lecturer Pearlie M. Johnson will discuss African American quilts in a 3:30 p.m. lecture today at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

Johnson is an assistant professor of Pan-African studies and art history at the University of Louisville. Her lecture, "African American Quilts: Teaching the Past Through Quilting," will examine the ways in which women have resisted oppression, claimed their own identity and bonded relationships.

Johnson’s approach to research involves an African-centered perspective, which examines the retention, adaptation, and reinterpretation of African traditions in African American cultures in the Caribbean Islands, South and Central America, and the United States. Research projects involving her work as lecturer and curator include two quilt exhibitions “African American Quilts Today: A Celebration of Motherhood, Sisterhood, and the Matriarchs,” at the New England Quilt Museum and “Windows and Visions: Contemporary Quilts by NedRa Bonds” at the Kansas City Art Institute.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the International Quilt Study Center and Museum and the African American and African Studies Program. The lecture compliments both the exhibition "Yvonne Wells: Quilted Messages," now showing at the quilt museum, and the 40th anniversary celebration of the African American and African Studies Program.

Admission to the museum is free for UNL students, faculty, staff and immediate families.

More details at: http://www.quiltstudy.org