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Memory and Making: Gee’s Bend Quilts

Grades 3 – 5

The National Gallery of Art will offer a selection of in-person and virtual tours (using Zoom) for fall 2022.

Requests for all tours (October 3 – December 2) will be accepted from August 1 – November 4, 2022

Mary Lee Bendolph, Blocks and Strips, 2002

Mary Lee Bendolph, Blocks and Strips, 2002, wool, cotton, and corduroy, Patrons' Permanent Fund and Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, 2020.28.1

Women in the community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, create quilts inspired by the world around them, using materials that hold layers of memory. During this tour in the Called to Create exhibition, students will look carefully at the Gee’s Bend quilts and connect to other works of art made from everyday objects. Students will create their own “collage quilts” using works of art from the exhibition and their personal memories as sources of inspiration.

Looking and Learning Skills:

  • Observe, describe, compare, and contrast works of art
  • Understand that artists draw on their memories and the world around them as inspiration
  • Expand the idea of what art can be
  • Discover that artists use found materials and repurpose them to create works of art
  • Make personal connections with the works of art
  • Create “collage quilts” inspired by the works of art and personal memories

In-Person Tour Information

Number of students: Up to 45 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting location: East Building Atrium

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 students.

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