Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

February 19, 2020–July 18, 2021

The largest exhibition of Rosie Lee Tompkins’s work to date, this retrospective reveals her as a brilliantly inventive quiltmaker and an artist of stunning variety, depth, and impact.

 

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  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 2005; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 2008; cotton, corduroy, rayon linen, polyester print, cotton terry, cotton embroidery, cotton bedding, and other fabrics with cotton muslin backing; 26 x 39 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1986; quilted by Willia Ette Graham, 1986; velvet, velveteen, faux fur, panné velvet, and velvet backing; 86 x 74 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Three Sixes, 1996; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1996; polyester double knit, linen-weave cotton or polyester, cotton, rayon, and cotton muslin backing; 96 × 96 in.; BAMPFA, bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, c. 1987; quilted by Willia Ette Graham and Johnnie Wade, 1991; rayon, polyester, double knit, and cotton knit; 100 x 60 ½ in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1991; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1991; velvet, velveteen, velour, and cotton backing; 73 x 67 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

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    Livestream: Among Quilters: Carolyn Mazloomi and Ora Clay on Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Two leading African American quilt artists explore Rosie Lee Tompkins’s work and its resonance with their own in a live conversation moderated by Elaine Yau, cocurator of BAMPFA’s Tompkins retrospective.

  • Saturday, February 20, 10:30 AM PST

    Workshop: Community Quiltmaking

    Celebrate quilting as a communal act and collaborate on a patchwork quilt in this virtual workshop for all ages, led by artist Nelli Astvatsatrian. Register in advance to receive materials in the mail; after the workshop, your piece will become part of a finished community quilt.

  • Recorded Saturday, February 29, 2020

    Colloquium: Re-visioning the Art of Rosie Lee Tompkins

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  • Recorded Saturday, July 11, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Visual Rhythms in Rosie Lee Tompkins's Quilts

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  • Recorded Thursday, October 22, 2020

    Roberta Smith and Lawrence Rinder on Rosie Lee Tompkins

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    Curator’s Talk: Elaine Yau on Rosie Lee Tompkins

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