Student-curated Black History Month exhibit hosted at the Fairfield Museum
Published 4:42 pm, Tuesday, February 1, 2011
In observance of Black History Month, the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, will host a student-curated exhibition of original artwork and reflections called "Our Nation's Generations: The New Beginnings Family" from Feb. 4 to March 6.
Developed by fifth-grade students from New Beginnings Family Academy, a public charter school in Bridgeport, a highlight of the exhibition is the artwork of artist and author Faith Ringgold, whose narrative quilts and illustrated children's books inspired the students' projects, according to Christine Jewell, museum director of education.
The show includes two of Ringgold's quilts, "Tar Beach 2" and "Our Ancestors," and the complete illustrations from the children's book, "Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky."
Guided by art teacher Jennifer Strausser, students painted individual quilt squares and border compositions with imagery inspired by their relationship to a special person and his/her life and interests. The squares make up a large paper quilt on exhibit. The exhibition also features individual student panels with excerpts of his or her essays, student photographs and cases displaying the objects connected with the person the students selected.
Additionally, in conjunction with the exhibition, the Fairfield Museum will host, "If Quilts Could Talk: The Story Quilt" on Feb. 23 for grades 3 to 5. The materials fee is $30 and registration is required.
Children will design and create mixed media artwork and poetry inspired by favorite memories and the life and art of Ringgold. From 11 a.m. to noon on Feb. 24, pre-kindergartners to second graders can bring their favorite quilt and listen to stories by Ringgold. Children then will create their own "story quilts" with paint and colorful fabric shapes.
Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free for members, $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children age 5 and under.
For information, visit www.fairfieldhs.org or call 203-259-1598.