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QUILTS: 4 Directions -  Craft in America Center  •   Los Angeles, California
January 11, 2020 - March 7, 2020

The Craft in America Center is pleased to present QUILTS: 4 Directions, featuring portraits by Michael A. Cummings, landscapes by Judith Content and selected additional quilts by Susan Hudson and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. This striking exhibition features the work of these four diverse and visionary art quilters from across the U.S. QUILTS: 4 Directions brings to Los Angeles some of the vibrant, vital works featured in Craft in America's PBS episode QUILTS, which aired on December 27, 2019 nationwide. 

For the first time in his career, five quilt portraits by NY-based Michael A. Cummings of African American heroes will be gathered together in his hometown of Los Angeles. Cummings creates monumental quilted portraits of larger-than-life historic icons, including Ella Fitzgerald, Martin Luther King Jr., and James Baldwin. Historically, quilting has served as a means of record keeping for African Americans and Cummings advances this tradition. Coinciding with African American History month in February, Cummings' quilts show a reverence for cultural leaders and celebration of representation.

Reception and Artists' Talks, please RSVP to for the following events:  

January 11, 2020:
4pm, Judith Content Dry Dye Talk
4:30pm, Artist Talk with Michael A. Cummings, Susan Hudson, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe 
5-6pm, Opening Reception

February 6, 2020 at 6:30pm:
Join the Craft in America Center in discussing a selection of texts from our library relating to our current exhibition, Quilts: 4 Directions. 

This month, we will explore the cultural and historical tradition of quilting from the black American perspective. 
Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Jaqueline Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, Ph.D.

Michael Cummings - Martin Luther King Jr. 


Venue Info:
Craft in America Center
8415 W. Third St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90048
United States