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Oral history interview with Carolyn Mazloomi, 2002 September 17-30

Interviewee:
Mazloomi, Carolyn, 1948-  Search this
Mazloomi, Carolyn, 1948-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cubbs, Joanne  Search this
Subject:
Adkins, Minnie  Search this
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Cargo, Robert T.  Search this
Connell, Martha Stamm  Search this
Freeman, Roland L.  Search this
Hill, Lauryn  Search this
Johnson, Nkosi  Search this
Miller, Edjohnetta  Search this
Sisto, Penny  Search this
Wilson, Marie  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Women of Colour Quilters Network  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Quilting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Quilting -- Technique  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Baltimore album quilts  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American quiltmakers  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11504
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)240143
AAA_collcode_mazloo02
Theme:
African American
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_240143
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Carolyn Mazloomi

Interviewee:
Mazloomi, Carolyn  Search this
Interviewer:
Cubbs, Joanne  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Women of Colour Quilters Network  Search this
Adkins, Minnie, 1934-  Search this
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Cargo, Robert T.  Search this
Connell, Martha Stamm  Search this
Freeman, Roland L., 1936-  Search this
Hill, Lauryn  Search this
Johnson, Nkosi, 1989-2001  Search this
Miller, Edjohnetta  Search this
Sisto, Penny  Search this
Wilson, Marie  Search this
Extent:
16 Items (Sound recording: 16 sound files (4 hr., 33 min.), digital, wav)
56 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2002 September 17-30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Carolyn Mazloomi conducted 2002 September 17 and 30, by Joanne Cubbs, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in West Chester, Ohio. Mazloomi speaks of growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a family of self-taught artists; the positive influence of her aunt and teacher Dr. Carter; the generation of African American quilt-makers who followed a gap in quilt-making post-slavery; she describes her previous career as an aeronautical engineer and her transition to quilt-making; how she identifies herself as a craftsperson, not an artist; her experience with Baltimore album and Appalachian quilts; learning to quilt; the Women of Color Quilter's Network and its economic and social development programs; her book, "Spirits of the Cloth"; the positive and negative aspects of travel; the false generalizations of African American quilts in academic circles; the importance of gender, race, and ethnicity in her work; her connection to "praise songs"; she discusses functional vs. nonfunctional quilts; the market for "hand-crafted" quilts; agents and galleries; she describes her working environment; adopting the use of a sewing machine in her work; the importance of community; her technique; her accomplishment of placing African-American quilts in the Renwick Gallery; the influence of magazines, including "Raw Vision;" her aversion to commissions; expanding her use of materials and technology; her exhibitions; her role as an advocate and dealer; finding inspiration in black and white linocuts and her use of color in quilts; and making a connection with her audience. Mazloomi also recalls Marie Wilson, Cuesta Benberry, Edjohnetta Miller, Roland Freeman, Robert Cargo, Martha Connell, Penny Sisto, Minnie Adkins, Nkosi Johnson, and Lauryn Hill.
Biographical / Historical:
Carolyn Mazloomi (1948- ) is a quilt maker from West Chester, Ohio.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 33 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Quiltmakers -- Ohio  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Quilting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Quilting -- Technique  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Baltimore album quilts  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American quiltmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mazloo02
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mazloo02

Always there: the African American presence in American quilts exhibition records

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Kentucky Quilt Project  Search this
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Exhibition catalogs
Brochures
Contact sheets
Photographic prints
Exhibition records
Date:
undated
Summary:
An exhibition on the history of African American quilt-making. The show was organized by the Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky and exhibited at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from July 1993 to October 1993. These records document the planning, organizing, execution, and promotion of the exhibition. Materials include correspondence, photographs, brochures, educational materials, and floor plans.
Restrictions:
Use of materials is restricted. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African American quilts  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Quilts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Exhibition catalogs
Brochures
Contact sheets
Photographic prints
Exhibition records -- 1990-2004
Citation:
Always There Exhibition records, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
ACMA.03-014
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Always there: the African American presence in American quilts exhibition records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-03-014
Online Media:

Journey of the spirit : the art of Gwendolyn A. Magee / René Paul Barilleaux, editor ; foreword by Cuesta Benberry ; essay by Roland L. Freeman

Author:
Magee, Gwendolyn A. 1943-  Search this
Barilleaux, René Paul  Search this
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Freeman, Roland L. 1936-  Search this
Mississippi Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Magee, Gwendolyn A. 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
61 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Mississippi
Date:
2004
C2004
20th century
Topic:
African American quilts  Search this
Quilts--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_767695

A piece of my soul : quilts by black Arkansans / Cuesta Benberry ; with an introduction by Raymond G. Dobard

Author:
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 158 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Arkansas
Date:
2000
Topic:
African American quilts--Themes, motives  Search this
African American quiltmakers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_614754

A Patchwork of pieces : an anthology of early quilt stories, 1845-1940 / compiled by Cuesta Ray Benberry & Carol Pinney Crabb ; time-line by Cuesta Ray Benberry

Author:
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Crabb, Carol Pinney  Search this
Physical description:
359 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Fiction
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Short stories, American  Search this
Women--Social life and customs  Search this
Quilting--Fiction  Search this
Quilts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_505381

African American quilts : paradigms of black diversity

Author:
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1995
Topic:
African American quilts  Search this
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_505647

Always there : the African-American presence in American quilts / Cuesta Benberry ; forewords by Jonathan Holstein and Shelly Zegart

Author:
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Museum of History and Science (Louisville, Ky.)  Search this
Kentucky Quilt Project  Search this
Physical description:
132 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
African American quilts  Search this
African American quiltmakers--Exhibitions  Search this
Quilts  Search this
Call number:
NK9112 .B45 1992
NK9112 .B45 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_418793

Quiltmakers of Liberia / Kathleen Bishop

Author:
Bishop, Kathleen  Search this
Franko, Mary O'Boyle  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Liberia
Date:
1988
Topic:
Quiltmakers  Search this
Quilts  Search this
African American quilts  Search this
Call number:
AP2 .T674
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1018496

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