Celebrating Alabama’s statehood, “The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection” exhibit features extraordinary paintings, drawings, quilts, functional objects and sculptures representing Alabama artists, in conjunction with the Alabama Bicentennial.
On display at the Birmingham Museum of Art June 16 through Dec. 30, the exhibit explores the inspiration from these Southern artists, including music, patriotism, work, nature, daily life, and faith and religion.
“As a new generation of Southern makers explores the joy of creating, the museum seeks to recognize and celebrate the makers who have lived in our midst, inspired by their life experiences, their faith, their communities and the landscape around them,” said Cate Boehm, director of marketing and communications at the Birmingham Museum of Art. “Their work has documented many Southern ways of life, in all their variety. We hope groups leave the museum with a greater appreciation for these artists and a better understanding of their own potential as makers.”
Groups can expect to see a variety of quilts made from the mid-1800s to the late 1900s, including traditional patterns, story quilts and a quilt made by The Freedom Quilting Bee.
“In addition to Alabama quilters, other artists in the exhibition include Mose Tolliver, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Sybil Gibson, Fred Webster, Charlie Lucas, Rev. B. F. Perkins, Leroy Almon, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, Herbert Singleton, Chuckie Williams, Shields Landon Jones and many others,” Boehm said. “Some artists in the exhibition will have recognizable names, while others you will have never heard of — and that’s the point. This exhibition celebrates the rich history of making in the state of Alabama, and will illustrate the range in which these artists create.”
Groups should book their visits to the museum at least two weeks in advance, and motorcoach parking is available nearby, with a drop-off area located in front of the museum.
Birmingham Museum of Art