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Online Conversations: Talking About Quilts

Members of the public are invited to submit a digital photograph of a quilt they’ve created or possess and share its story. Those who don’t have a quilt are encouraged to join the online discussions about this personal and communal art form, or else to learn more about the Gee’s Bend exhibition. Visit


Jason Moran
Friday, December 12, 5:45-8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Museum admission

Jason Moran, a jazz artist known for his innovative and provocative compositions, premieres his new composition inspired by the Gee’s Bend exhibition. Moran fuses jazz traditions with hip-hop, pop and multimedia technologies. He regularly finds inspiration in the visual arts. His awards and recognitions include Pianist of the Year (2005, Jazz Journalists Association), United States Artists Fellow (2007), Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Composer and Rising Star Acoustic Piano Awards (2003-05, Down Beat Critics Poll). Moran will perform with his regular group, The Bandwagon, as well as special guest Grammy award-winning jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.


Amistad (1997)

Screening and talk with John C. Van Horn, Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia
Saturday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
$2 after Museum admission (free for members)

Screening only
Sunday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission

This Steven Spielberg film starring Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins explores the 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship in the Caribbean, and the U.S. District Court case to decide the fate of the slaves.


The Sacred Sounds of Philadelphia: Philadelphia Choirs Sing the Sacred Songs of Gee’s Bend

The Museum present these Sunday afternoon concerts of inspirational and gospel music that complements the Gee’s Bend special exhibition.

St. Thomas Gospel Choir of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas
Sunday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m.
Free after Museum admission

The Bright Hope Baptist Church Celestial Choir
Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.
Free after Museum admission


Alternative American Art Worlds

Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)
Van Pelt Auditorium
$50 ($40 for members, $25 for students) includes a box lunch

An exploration of the issues and themes that link artists James Castle and Thomas Chambers (also the subjects of special exhibitions this fall) with the quilters of Gee’s Bend. All of these self-taught artists existed in “alternate” art world, sometimes labeled as folk or vernacular.


Quilt Your Heart Out: The Art of Quilting

Sunday, September 28 or Sunday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Museum studios
$85 nonmembers ($68 members), scholarships available. Enrollment limited.

Philadelphia artists and quilters Emily Richardson and Christina Johnson lead this daylong workshop, which begins with a trip to the Gee’s Bend exhibition and includes demonstrations on design, texture, color and pattern. Learn various approaches to creating contemporary quilts while creating a small quilt of your own.


A Quilt Extravaganza!

Sunday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free after Museum admission

Quilts will be created right before visitors’ eyes, as the spirited and energetic Freedom Choir of Philadelphia performs traditional gospel, folk and original songs. Visitors will also be inspired by drawing in the Museum’s galleries and make crafts on the balcony of the Great Stair Hall.


Gotta Make It!

Members $80, nonmembers $100
Thursdays: 4 sessions, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec. 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or Saturdays: 2 sessions, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6, 9:30-11:45 a.m.

Presented to coincide with exhibitions on Thomas Chambers, James Castle and the quilters of Gee’s Bend, this course examines the issues raised by these three exhibitions, all of which highlight self-taught American artists who worked outside academic conventions.


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