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Sage Rogers, ATHICA Education Coordinator

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Stitching Stars:
A Paper Quilt Event For Kids
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Hope Hilton working on her installation The Recognitions: Mrs. Harriet Powers, Bible Quilt (Reproduction) (2012) Harriet Powers, 1898
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  • Schedule:
    2:00 Storytelling with Hope Hilton
    Hilton will read the children's book Stitching Stars based on the life of Harriet Powers -- Athens' most famous quilt maker.
    2:30 Gallery Tour with Hilton
    2:45 Paper Quilt Making
    Children will create a paper quilt square, with their very own story!

    Detail from Hope Hilton's,                                                       Harriet Powers, Bible Quilt (1885-1886)
    The Recognitions: Mrs. Harriet Powers, Bible Quilt             
     (Reproduction) (2012)

    ATHICA education Director Sage Rogers, along with Art Education graduate students from the Lamar Dodd School of Art, will be on hand to help children with the activity.

    Children of all ages welcome, parents with very young children are strongly encouraged to stay.

    This children's art appreciation event was inspired by Hope Hilton's installation The Recognitions: Mrs. Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt (2012), in the current Southern exhibition. With it Hope Hilton pays tribute to Harriet Powers (1837-1910), a formerly enslaved African Native American who lived in Winterville, GA circa 1898, as does Hilton now. In 1885 and 1898, Powers created two famous storytelling quilts now in the collections of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Powers Quilts are aesthetically reminiscent of Henri Matisse's portfolio, Jazz, although they predate it by 60 years. They merge biblical motifs with recorded celestial events of the 19th century such as eclipses and meteor showers.
    Referencing the Smithsonian quilt, Hilton overlays scraps of vellum to "recreate her [Powers's] labor" 102 years after her death. Reenactment is the master dynamic of The Recognitions, a series Hilton describes as "an experiment in social architecture." It began in 2007 after her grandmother gave her a photocopy of a letter describing an enslaved and hearing-impaired African named Henry who walked sixty miles, from Huntsville, Alabama to Shelbyville, Tennessee, to announce the birth of her great-great-grandmother. Hilton walked the same route in 2007, visiting sites associated with her family, the place where her grandmother was born, family cemeteries, photographing and journaling in her blog as she traveled. These mimetic journeys, including the ephemeral re-enactment of the Powers Quilt, are traces of atonement (at-one-ment) that expose Hilton's struggles with space and place, the ambiguities of representation, and the purposes of art itself.

    Participating Artists

    Artist Bio:
    Hope Hilton
    is an internationally exhibited conceptual artist;
    she relocated from New York to Winterville, Georgia in the
    summer of 2010. She has exhibited and performed at ATHICA three
    times and we welcome her return. She will be installing a new
    work made for this exhibit, a reconstruction of Harriet Powers
    famed Bible Quilt, made of vellum and various paper scraps.
    Harriett Powers, a former slave from Athens, created two
    picture quilts in 1886 and 1898, now in the collection of the
    Smithsonian American Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine

    Education Coordinator Bio:
    Sage Rogers
    is an Athens native, and graduated from UGA with a BA in
    Comparative Literature and from Brandeis University with an MA
    in Cultural Production with a focus on Art and Education. While
    in Boston completing her Masters degree, she interned at the
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts for the education department and
    worked for Dot Art, a non-profit center for the visual arts.
    She is currently working on a PhD in Art Education at the Lamar
    Dodd School of Art.

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