From the Estate of Eli Leon: Textile Improvisations
Eli Leon was an Oakland-based collector, scholar, and champion of African American quiltmakers whose gift of nearly 3,000 quilts to BAMPFA has made possible an inspiring future of scholarship and presentation here in Berkeley. In addition to collecting artwork, Leon also compiled a massive–and unruly–collection of raw materials and textiles. The Estate of Eli Leon has made available the last remaining fabric scraps from Leon’s collection to seed new work and continue to foreground contemporary Black artists working in textiles. Join us for the first presentation of new work created from the Eli Leon fabric collection by acclaimed artists Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Olaitan Callender-Scott, Angela Hennessy, and Ramekon O’Arwisters, who will share their work from their respective studios.