On View Exhibitions

Ramsess, _Dr. Huey P. Newton_, 2008. Fabric. 62 x 42 inches. Photo by Damian Turner.  Courtesy of the artist.

Ramsess, Dr. Huey P. Newton, 2008. Fabric. 62 x 42 inches. Photo by Damian Turner. Courtesy of the artist.

Ramsess

The Gathering

October 12, 2019 - January 25, 2020

Opening: October 12, 2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3401 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Ramsess, _Dr. Huey P. Newton_, 2008. Fabric. 62 x 42 inches. Photo by Damian Turner.  Courtesy of the artist.

Ramsess, Dr. Huey P. Newton, 2008. Fabric. 62 x 42 inches. Photo by Damian Turner. Courtesy of the artist.

Ramsess’ mural-scale quilt The Gathering (2012) reimagines Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper (1495-98) as a memorial to Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who was shot and killed on February 26, 2012. This sacred meal is attended by twelve historical figures, one still living: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani activist who becomes a symbol for peace, justice, and possibility. With The Gathering at its center, this focused exhibition brings together a selection of Ramsess’s quilted portraits—monuments to individuals of crucial significance to American history whose stories have been suppressed or overlooked through politics of race, age, and gender: Sojourner Truth, Ruby Bridges, Cathay Williams, Malcolm X, H. Rap Brown, Huey P. Newton, and George Stinney.

Stephen Towns, _Birth of a Nation_, 2014. Natural and synthetic fabric, polyester and cotton thread, metallic thread, coffee and tea stain, acrylic paint. 90 x 66 inches. Private collection.

Stephen Towns, Birth of a Nation, 2014. Natural and synthetic fabric, polyester and cotton thread, metallic thread, coffee and tea stain, acrylic paint. 90 x 66 inches. Private collection.

Stephen Towns

Rumination and a Reckoning

October 12, 2019 - January 25, 2020

Opening: October 12, 2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3401 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Stephen Towns, _Birth of a Nation_, 2014. Natural and synthetic fabric, polyester and cotton thread, metallic thread, coffee and tea stain, acrylic paint. 90 x 66 inches. Private collection.

Stephen Towns, Birth of a Nation, 2014. Natural and synthetic fabric, polyester and cotton thread, metallic thread, coffee and tea stain, acrylic paint. 90 x 66 inches. Private collection.

At center of this exhibition, the monumental installation Birth of a Nation (2014) represents a Black woman nursing a white infant against the backdrop of the first official flag of the United States. Suspended above a mound of earth, the quilt will be surrounded by Towns’s Story Quilts (2016–2019), a cycle of works in luminous fabrics and glass beads that chronicle the life of Nat Turner and the 1831 rebellion he led against slavery. A pair of quilted oval portraits of Nat and Cherry Turner (2018) adds a significant dimension to this narrative, considering the role of a marriage in historic events.