Lift Every Voice and Sing
The Quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee
By Dorothy Moye
In this online exhibition catalog, Dorothy Moye presents and comments upon the textile art of Gwendolyn Ann Magee (1943–2011). This catalog accompanies the exhibition at the Gatewood Gallery of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (September 11–November 8, 2014). Magee's extraordinary work includes a series of vivid, often harrowing, narrative quilts based on James Weldon Johnson's anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
A publication of Southern Spaces and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.
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Gwen discusses the difficulty of capturing color and how she found her medium.
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Magee discusses the intention of the transparent overlay that wraps around the figure and how some viewers have interpreted the tableau.
Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee
Full of the Faith, 2004. Detail.