Philadelphia artists respond to racism in exhibition, book ‘We Are the Story’
Quilts by four Philadelphia artists-- Michelle Flamer, Gloria Gammage Davis, Christina E. Johnson, and Betty Leacraft-- from current exhibition 'Racism: In the Face of Hate We Resist,' will appear in new book 'We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism' by exhibition curator Carolyn L. Mazloomi. The book is available for pre-order now!

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Book cover for "We Are The Story" A Visual Response to Racism" by Carolyn Mazloomi. The title and author name is in the top right. It is imposed onto a mixed media artwork portrait of George Floyd. Behind George Floyd is partially obscured abstracted faces with red x's on them on a black background.
‘We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism’ By Carolyn L. Mazloomi. Published by Paper Moon Publishing. Courtesy The Textile Center’s website.

We were thrilled to learn that four Philadelphia artists–- Michelle Flamer, Gloria Gammage Davis, Christina E. Johnson, and Betty Leacraft— will appear in the new book ‘We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism‘ by Carolyn L. Mazloomi!

The book documents 100 quilts from two juried exhibitions and two solo exhibitions curated by the author in response to the murder of George Floyd. The soon-to-be-published quilt artworks by Michelle, Gloria, Christina, and Betty are included in the exhibition ‘Racism: In the Face of Hate We Resist‘, which is currently on view through June 12, 2021 at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN.

The book is expected to release late this month, May, 2021, and is currently available for pre-order. There will be a book event on May 20, 2021, at 4PM. More information from Textile Center about the book, book event, and exhibition, below!

Exhibition – Racism: In the Face of Hate We Resist

Works by Philadelphia Artists

  • Michelle Flamer – Dear White People
  • Gloria Gammage Davis – Shirley
  • Christina E. JohnsonMama Floyd
  • Betty LeacraftNation Time 2020: Power and Protection from Racial Terrorism

Racism: In the Face of Hate We Resist, is currently on view from March 26 – June 12, 2021, at the Textile Center’s Joan Mondale Gallery, Mary Giles Gallery, & Community Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.

This international juried exhibition shares the stories of resistance and fortitude that have been integral to the survival of Black people in America.

During this time, quilts from the other We Are the Story exhibitions are intended to be exhibited at venues to be determined as part of a community-wide outreach initiative, providing an opportunity for our community to have one last comprehensive viewing as our community observes the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

Book – We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism

You can pre-order We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism By Carolyn L. Mazloomi, published by Paper Moon Publishing, for $43.21 (includes tax, shipping additional) on the Textile Center’s website. The book’s anticipated release date is late May, 2021. Pre-order the book!

We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism documents We Are the Story, a series of group and solo quilt exhibitions responding to the murder of George Floyd. Curated by Carolyn L. Mazloomi and co-presented by Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network, this book features more than 100 quilts in two juried exhibitions – Gone but Never Forgotten: Remembering Those Lost to Police Brutality and Racism: In the Face of Hate We Resist, as well as the solo shows I Wish I Knew How it Feels to be Free: Quilts by Dorothy Burge (Chicago, IL), Freedom Rising: I Am the Story: Quilts by L’Merchie Frazier (Boston, MA), Sacred Invocations: Quilts by Sylvia Hernandez (Brooklyn, NY), and The Protest Series: Quilts by Penny Mateer (Pittsburgh, PA).

‘We Are The Story’ Book Event – May 20, 2021, 4PM

You can register for the We Are the Story book event on May 20, 2021, at 4PM, at the Textile Center’s website.

Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) invite you to us for our culminating We Are the Story event. Hosted by Curator Carolyn L. Mazloomi and Textile Center Executive Director Karl Reichert, this live-streamed event will honor the release of the new book “We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism” by Paper Moon Publishing in partnership with Textile Center and WCQN and will feature conversations with artists who created quilts for these exhibitions, including Dorothy Burge, Ed Johnetta Miller, Michelle Flamer, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Sylvia Hernández, Maude Wallace Haeger, and Cynthia Lockhart.

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betty leacraft, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Christina E. Johnson, Cynthia Lockhart, Dorothy Burge, Ed Johnetta Miller, Gloria Gammage Davis, Karl Reichert, Maude Wallace Haeger, Michelle Flamer, Paper Moon Publishing, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Sylvia Hernández, Textile Center, Women of Color Quilters Network

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