In celebration of ‘The New Bend’ join us for a public walkthrough with Legacy Russell, curator of the exhibition and Executive Director & Chief Curator of The Kitchen. The guided tour will provide a unique insight into the presentation, where you will learn about the artists featured and the enduring influence of the Gee’s Bend Alabama quilters on their work.
Tickets for this event are free, however we recommend booking your tickets in advance. If you are able, we encourage attendees to donate to our 2022 – 2023 charity partners: Art Bank in Shepton Mallet, BruBowl in Bruton and The Growing Space in Wincanton.
About ‘The New Bend’ Curated by Legacy Russell, ‘The New Bend’ travels from Hauser & Wirth Downtown Los Angeles to Somerset. The exhibition brings together 12 contemporary artists working in the raced, classed and gendered traditions of quilting and textile practice. Their unique visual vernacular exists in tender dialogue with, and in homage to, the contributions of the Gee’s Bend Alabama quilters – Black American women in collective cooperation and creative economic production – and their enduring legacy as a radical meeting place, a prompt and as intergenerational inspiration.
About Legacy Russell Legacy Russell is a curator and writer. Born and raised in New York, she is the Executive Director & Chief Curator of The Kitchen. Russell’s academic, curatorial and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry and new media ritual. Her written work, interviews and essays have been published internationally. Her first book, ‘Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto’ was published in 2020. Her second book, ‘BLACK MEME,’ is forthcoming via Verso Books. Russell received the Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Award in Digital Art in 2019, was a Rauschenberg Residency Fellow in 2020 and received the Creative Capital Award in 2021.
Legacy Russell, 2021. Courtesy Legacy Russell. Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konrath
Please be advised that photographs will be taken at this event for use on the Hauser & Wirth website, social media and in other marketing materials.