Alabama Quilts and Oral Tradition

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Mary Alexander
The Cooperstown Graduate Program

The Cooperstown Graduate Program proudly announces Gail C. Andrews as this year’s Bruce Buckley lecturer. Please join the Cooperstown Graduate Program on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 pm, for Andrew’s lecture at the Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium.

Andrews talk, Lessons Learned: Alabama Quilts and Oral Tradition, will examine her work with historic and contemporary quilts and quilters from Alabama and the Deep South. Andrews is a recognized scholar and authority on Southern folk art and textiles, and currently serves as the director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, a position she has held since 1996.

Andrews’ background in folk culture and decorative arts is extensive. Since her CGP thesis on the quilts in the collection of the New York State Historical Association, Andrews has written or contributed to over twenty-five publications. She wrote quilt and needlework chapters for Made in Alabama: A State Legacy, the introduction for Revelations: Alabama’s Visionary Folk Artists, and edited and contributed to Pictured in My Mind: Contemporary American Self-Taught Art. Her particular area of interest is in folk art and textiles made in the American South and she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986 to further her study of southern-made textiles.

The Bruce Buckley Lectureship honors a folklorist who has made a significant and lasting contribution to fieldwork and the public understanding of some aspect of folk culture. This annual award is named for Bruce Buckley, an early faculty member of the Cooperstown Graduate Program. A folklorist, musician, and movie producer, as well as a brilliant educator, Bruce inspired those who studies with him. The Buckley Lectureship continues to inspire through an endowment that brings an outstanding folklorist to Cooperstown every year to share their work on folk life. This annual event also pays tribute to the man who brought such passion and excitement for folk culture to Cooperstown 50 years ago. 

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Fennimore Art Museum Auditorium located at 5798 State Highway 80.  Call 607-547-2586 for directions or more information. 

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Publication Date: 
April 2014
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