A Museum’s New Collection Celebrates the Art of African American Quilting

Following collector, scholar, and psychotherapist Eli Leon’s gift of 3,000 quilts to the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Lawrence Rinder, the museum’s director and chief curator, discusses the impactful nature of the gift and also future exhibitions that will showcase the collection.

Rinder claimed, “There’s such wonderful diversity of expression in African American quilts and I personally feel that these quilts have provided an opportunity for a kind of creativity and expression that is kind of on the level of jazz or blues as an expressive medium—just in a different material. Instead of sound, it’s fabric and color.” [Fast Company]