June 10

TUBMAN MUSEUM: WINI MCQUEEN : IF WALLS COULD TALK…

The Tubman Museum is the largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to educating people about the Art, History and Culture of African Americans.

Wini McQueen is known for her dyer’s art-painting, stamping and resist patterning textiles for clothing.  In addition, Wini has a passion for recording stories from the African Diaspora through interviews, sound recordings and photographs. When both the interest in dyer’s art-painting and recording stories merged, the results were hand dyed pieced works with quilt-like qualities which she calls “urban kente”. Wini spent the last five years crafting textiles about the written word from the African Diaspora that covers the two story rotunda walls of The Tubman African America Museum.

POSSE VIDEOS:

POSSE PHOTOS:

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Tubman Museum Logo

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Layla looking at the wall text about Wini McQuuen’s quilts, and noticing Wini’s picture

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Layla and Wini at the beginning of the exhibition

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Wini looking at her quilt wall

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Layla asking a question about one of Wini’s quilts

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Wini pointing out one of her quits

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Layla and Wini checking out the slavery quilt wall

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Closeups of some of Wini’s quilts symbolizing African beats and drumming not being allowed on plantations

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Closeup of bird quilt

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Closeup of quilt symbolizing no music being allowed on plantations after dark

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Closeup of slave quilt

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Layla deciphering the meaning of a quilt at Wini’s requet “What do you see?”

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“I see sky and underbrush and a woman coming out of the forest- Harriet Tubman.”

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Slavery quilt and clothing quilt below demonstrating the importance of cotton in the USA

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Layla against the slavery wall of quilts

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A quilt with weaving Wini made in college

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Frederick Douglass quote quilt

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Layla on to the Reconstruction quilt wall admiring a quilt about a the first African-American man to win a certain war medal- he was a local Macon resident

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Layla with Dr. Andy Ambrose- Founder and Executive Director of The Tubman Museum

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A beautiful velvet quilt

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Quilts about local Macon residents – a nurse/mortician and a school teacher.

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Layla with one of her favorite quilts from the exhibition about the local Macon woman who was a nurse and a mortician

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Closeup of the local Macon teacher quilt

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Wini describing the 3 dimensional effect and construction

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Life imitates art

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Layla looking at the local Macon musician quilt

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Marching band quilt

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Olmec design quilt Wni threw in to spark discussion

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WIni and Layla

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Life imitates art- Layla pretending to be a doll in the quilt depicting girls in the fine white dresses and their dolls

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Closeup of one of Wini’s quilts

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Tubman Museum groundbreaking and construction quilt showing businesses that used to be on the site and the outline of the actual museum

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Hudie Leadbelly quote quilt

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Layla with the quilt showing scenes from the Pan-African festival reminiscent of an African Mask

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Closeup of quilt

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Closeup of a metallic quilt showing the sheath of an Egyptian Sword

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Layla looking closely at one of the lower quilts

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Closeup of the Tubman Museum quilt

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Layla reading the “Little Sally Walker” Quil

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Layla with Wini talking about the “Little Sally Walker” rhyming song

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Closeup of Layla and the quilt wall

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Closeup of one of the higher quilts

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Closeup of Arabic quilt

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Red Bird with a fallen feather quilt

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Wini reaching out to the red feather and pretending to have it land in her hand

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Quilt made by kids who interned with Wini

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Wini explaining that this quilt was made entirely by the children.

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Layla with a donor quilt on the 2nd floor

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Layla with a donor quilt on the 2nd floor

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Layla with a donor quilt on the 2nd floor

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Layla with a donor quilt on the 2nd floor

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Layla with a donor quilt on the 2nd floor

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Layla with a donor quilt on the 2nd floor

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Layla checking out Wini’s quilt studies

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Wini describing elements of one of her quilt studies

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WIni on the bench outside of The Tubman

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Closeup of Wini McQueen

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Layla picking out quilt studies she likes

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Wini describing the study showing African bowls

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Layla admiring a particular one of Wini’s quilt studies

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Wini McQueen quilt studies at Layla’s feet

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Black and white photo of Wini and Layla

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Sunny and hot outside- Wini and Layla taking a selfie

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Layla narrowing the selections down to 3 pieces