In celebration of Poetry Month, and in coordination with the Celebrate! Maya Project, the Clinton Center will display Maya’s Quilt of Life by Faith Ringgold, from the art collection of the late author and activist, Maya Angelou. The work hung in Angelou’s home and was commissioned by Oprah Winfrey for Angelou’s 61st birthday.
Maya's Quilt of Life
March 31, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Clinton Presidential Center
Faith Ringgold is well-known for her painted story quilts, which unite a tradition of representational painting with the rich history of quilting in the African-American community. The border of Maya’s Quilt of Life is made from pieced-together fabric that frames Angelou, who is surrounded by flowers in her signature patterned African dress and head wrap. Handwritten texts appear on both sides of the center panel with excerpts from Angelou’s written works: Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie (1971), Gather Together In My Name (1974), The Heart of a Woman (1981), and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1970). Angelou was best known for her acclaimed work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, depicting her life growing up in Stamps, Arkansas with her brother and grandmother.