‘The New Bend’ is a group exhibition curated by Legacy Russell on view at Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles. The show features contemporary artists working in textile practice. Their visual vernacular exists in conversation with, and in respect to, the contributions of the Gee’s Bend Alabama quilters – Black American women in collective cooperation and creative economic production – and their enduring legacy.
The show features 13 artists— Anthony Akinbola, Eddie R. Aparicio, Dawn Williams Boyd, Myrlande Constant, Ferren Gipson, Tomashi Jackson, Basil Kincaid, Eric N. Mack, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Tuesday Smillie, Rachel Eulena Williams, Qualeasha Wood, and Zadie Xa—and pays homage to Gee’s Bend quilters Sarah Benning (b. 1933), Missouri Pettway (1902-1981), Lizzie Major (1922-2011), Sally Bennett Jones (1944-1988), and Mary Lee Bendolph (b.1935), among others. The works in the show, therefore, are citational of very specific communal and radical traditions of textile and quilting practices of Gee’s Bend while also contributing to radically new approaches both within textile practice and beyond.
The exhibition runs until December 30, 2022.