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By Floyd Miller



LUBBOCK, TX—The Museum of Texas Tech University is pleased to offer Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition, Contemporary African American Quilts, opening Sunday, December 13, and continuing through March 21, 2010, in Gallery 1, located at 3301 4th Street , where the admission is free as is the parking in the north and west lots. Please use the 4th Street entry.{{more}}Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition, Contemporary African American Quilts unites the two most well known and popular artistic forms in African American culture—jazz and quilts. The exhibition of 64 quilts includes work from 55 of America’s best-known African American quilters including Michael Cummings, Ed Johnetta Miller, Tina Brewer, and Jim Smoote, all members of the Women of Color Quilters Network.Quilting, like jazz music, is a woven art form. Both art forms produce textural harvests spun from the life fibers of masters of the imagination who create for our contemplation. Both arts evoke a host of complex rhythms and moods captured in the creative process. Some quilt artists listen to jazz while working on their quilts, because one form of artistic inspires the other. And, when these two art forms connect, the creative energy explodes exponentially. The Textural Rhythms quilt exhibition releases both the individual particles and the synergistic power of that explosion. Just as the varied styles of jazz cause listeners to respond differently, the quilts of Textural Rhythms persuade viewers to salute the bonding of the jazz and quiltmaking worlds as a distinguished combination of cultural tradition, sophistication, and panache. Regardless of technique—folk, appliqué, conventional piecing, or complex montage—the quilt artists have harnessed in cloth the spirit of jazz through reflections on the soul of musical expression. Viewers not only hear their creators’ music, they witness their spirit. It is unlikely any viewer will ever see or hear jazz quite the same after their encounter with Textural Rhythms. One’s understanding of quilting and jazz artistry and his or her viewing and listening pleasure are forever transformed through the phenomenal marriage between jazz and quilting represented in exhibition. The presentation here in Lubbock is part of a national tour over a two and a half-year period. The exhibition was curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, and was developed and is managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, MO.To request special assistance, contact the Museum Education office at, or call 742-2432. Stay up to date with MoTTU exhibitions and events at

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