Stark Museum Hosts Black Pioneers Quilt Exhibition Starting March 2

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The Stark Museum of Art will host Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West Quilt Exhibition from March 2 -August 3, 2024. This exhibition, the first of its kind, explores the path of Black history in the West with a timeline of original pictorial quilts. The timeline begins in 1528, with Esteban’s dramatic story, which marks the arrival of Africans in the American West and continues through the Civil Rights Movement.

Dispelling the myth that Black people in the Old West were mostly cowboys, Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West shows rich diversity in their occupations and achievements in society, religion, education, and the arts.

Choosing quilts as the visual medium for this exhibition accentuates the intersections of African Americans in the Western Frontier while informing others about the art form and its important role in African American history.

This exhibition is organized by The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, curator, historian, and artist. The quilts have been created by the Women of Color Quilters Network, especially for this exhibition.

Admission to the Stark Museum of Art is free of charge. The museum is located at 712 Green Ave. in Orange.

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