Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India
The Siddis of Karnataka are the descendants of early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to India’s west coast from the 16th century. While they have adopted, adapted, and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed African traditions. In the visual arts, one stands out: the patchwork quilts known as kawandi.
This exhibition is co-curated by Henry J. Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of African and African Diaspora Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sarah K. Khan, and organized for the Davis Museum by Assistant Curator Amanda Gilvin.
Presented with generous support from Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.
Courtesy of the artist, the Siddi Women’s Quilting Cooperative, and Henry J. Drewal and Sarah K. Khan L.2017.9.9.
Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18Mindful Meditation
Surround yourself with art, and experience present-moment awareness, in this 30 minute meditation session guided by Kotatsu John Bailes Roshi, the College’s Buddhist chaplain. Meetin in the Davis Lobby at 12:30 p.m.Event Date:Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, December 18, 2019 (All day)
Nov 6, 3:30–5 PMEducator Workshop
The Davis welcomes local K-12 educators for a workshop focused on utilizing resources from the permanent collections and current special exhibition. Explore how to connect the themes and works of art on view with your classroom curricula.Event Date:Wednesday, November 6, 2019 -3:30pm to 5:00pm
Oct 26, 11 AM–3 PMFamily Day: Dream Home
During this free, family-friendly event, explore technology through hands-on activities, including a hunt in the galleries, photomontage and mini dyeing projects, and an interactive family tour of the current special exhibition.Event Date:Saturday, October 26, 2019 -11:00am to 3:00pm
Sep 13–Dec 15
Sep 27, 11 AM, Oct 25, 11 AM, Nov 22, 11 AMMaking Memories
This accessible arts program for adults living with early Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their care partners is a guided exploration of our permanent collections with specially trained museum staff and student guides.Event Date:Friday, September 27, 2019 - 11:00amEvent Date:Friday, October 25, 2019 - 11:00amEvent Date:Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Sep 14–Dec 7, 2 PMDrop-in Public Tours
Designed by Wellesley students representing a range of academic majors, these thematic tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections led by a student guide are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.Event Date:Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 2:00pm