It was a great reception on Sunday night for The Bath House Cultural Center’s Day of the Dead 2018. A big thanks to the jurors and Center Director Enrique for the invitation. I saw some old friends and made a few new ones.
Día de los Muertos: Memories Written in Verse–at The Bath House Cultural Center 521 E. Lawther Dr. Dallas, Texas 75218 • White Rock Lake October 13-November 10, 2018
This is my first Day of the Dead exhibition and my first time at the legendary Bath House Cultural Center!
At Swarthmore with The Response To Gees Bend and the main exhibition of Mary Lee Bendolph’s quilts. This is certainly a day that The LORD meant to be! There’s no way that I belong with these folks and certainly no way I deserve to be “cuttin’ up” with Mrs. Bendolph and her sons!
I’m honored to be chosen as 1 of the 12 Quilters for this exhibition. YES, we sang hymns up in here. The Bendolph folks carry The Lord with them! Somehow, these Gees Bend, Alabama folks have it in their minds to call me “Rev. Maadus….🤨
“Front Porch Windows” by Jas. Mardis 2018
Responses to Gee’s Bend
Public Reception and Curators’ Talk
McCabe Library Atrium
Sept. 6 – Oct. 28
Installed concurrently with Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph, Responses to Gee’s Bend features works by 17 artists who were inspired by the aesthetic legacy of Gee’s Bend and created works specifically for McCabe Library’s space. The exhibition was curated by Andrea Packard, List Gallery director; Alicia Ruley-Nock, independent quilt maker; and Susan Dreher, Visual and Digital Initiatives Librarian. Selected from numerous applicants from across the United States, the artists featured in Responses to Gee’s Bend demonstrate a wide range of approaches, techniques, and thematic concerns.
You just can’t imagine the time we had sharing together at the exhibition opening in Hamilton, OH. Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi is a Master at gathering artistic souls. The crowd at The Fitton Center for the Arts kept us (60 Artist) all dancing with questions, tears, anger, confusion and applause. This is a traveling exhibition so call your favorite Museum to see if they will schedule it.
A new show that I’m a part of later this year. Excited to see my contribution alongside others, like Bisa Butler and April Anue and Julius Bremer!
Thankful for the Curator, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi’s vision.