The thousands of textiles currently housed at the Brooklyn Museum are prime examples of the vast global history of textile making and sewing traditions in New York City. In participation with New York Textile Month,we will be showcasing one textile per day for the month of September. While difficult to narrow it down to only thirty textiles, we think these works are best at weaving narratives about topics such as innovations in the textile industry, craft and the beauty of the handmade, textiles from legendary designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Anni Albers, as well as textiles with a sense of humor. Did you know that PeeWee’s Playhouse had a line of textiles made?
Michael Cummings is an African American fiber artist living in New York. His “quilts” are more properly labeled wall-hangings as they are smaller than most traditional quilts and are not designed to be seen horizontally on a bed. Rather he is an artist who has chosen “quilting” as his medium. Most of Cummings’ quilts are depictions of Caribbean and African spiritual symbols, and evoke the African diaspora. His intentionally naïve hand-sewing also reflects the style of many older African American quilt-makers. This quilt was inspired by the election of our first African American President, and was the first object to celebrate Obama to enter the Brooklyn Museum’s collection.