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Responses to Gee's Bend -  McCabe Library Atrium - Swarthmore College  •   Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
September 6, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Installed concurrently with Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph, Responses to Gee's Bend features works by 17 artists who were inspired by the aesthetic legacy of Gee's Bend and created works specifically for McCabe Library's space. The exhibition was curated by Andrea Packard, List Gallery director; Alicia Ruley-Nock, independent quilt maker; and Susan Dreher, Visual and Digital Initiatives Librarian. Selected from numerous applicants from across the United States, the artists featured in Responses to Gee's Bend demonstrate a wide range of approaches, techniques, and thematic concerns. Participating artists are: Betty Leacraft, Michael Olszewski, Allyson Allen, Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, Chawne Kimber, Christina Johnson, Denise Roberts, Jas Mardis, Juanda Gikandi, Katie Baldwin, Melissa Maddonni Haims, Polly Dressler Bech, Rachael Dorr, Sheryl Kessler, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, and Maisie Luo.Responses to Gee's Bend will also feature WPA-era documentary photographs and contemporary contextual materials including excerpts from interviews with Gee's Bend residents conducted by Swarthmore students Maisie Luo and Catherine Williams.

Reception for Piece Together: September 20, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Reception & Curator's Talk for Responses to Gee's Bend: October 23, 2018 from 4:30 - 6 pm


Sheryl Kessler - I keep on fallin’ in and out of love with you



Venue Info:
McCabe Library Atrium - Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081
United States