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At center of this exhibition, the monumental installation Birth of a Nation (2014) represents a black woman nursing a white infant against the backdrop of the first official flag of the United States. Suspended above a mound of earth, the quilt is surrounded by Towns’s Story Quilts (2016–2018), a cycle of seven works in luminous fabrics and glass beads that narrate the life of Nat Turner and the 1831 rebellion he led against slavery.
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Join Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman for an in-depth conversation with Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley as they delve into the dynamic processes behind their compelling films.