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This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Kyra E. Hicks , Bill Gaskins

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The powerful quilts of Harriet Powers (1837-1910), a former Athens, Georgia slave, continue to capture our imagination today. Her two-known creations, the Bible Quilt and the Pictorial Quilt, have independently survived since stitched more than a century ago. Over the years, thousands of museum visitors to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have stood transfixed viewing her artwork.

Powers' two quilts are arguably the most well-known and cited coverings in American quilt history. But, until today, no one has told the entire, dramatic story of how these two quilts, one of which initially sold for $5, were coveted, cared for, and cherished for decades in private homes before emerging as priceless, national treasures.

This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces brings to light new, exciting facts - many never before published: complete exhibition history for both known quilts; proof Harriet Powers was a literate, award-winning quilter, who stitched at least five quilts and promoted her own artwork; profiles of the two nineteenth century women who sought to purchase the Bible Quilt; profiles of the three men who once owned the Pictorial Quilt; unveiling of a young artist who embellished the Pictorial Quilt; and the name of the person who first made the connection in the twentieth century that Harriet Powers stitched both quilts.

This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces is the most comprehensive resource guide on this influential African American quilter. The book includes nearly 200 bibliographic references, most annotative, including books, exhibition catalogs, newspapers, plays, poetry, interactive map and more. For the first time ever, readers are provided with clues and encouraged to search for Harriet Powers' lost 1882 Lord's Supper Quilt.

This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces is written by Kyra E. Hicks, a quilter whose story quilts have appeared in over forty group exhibitions in places such as the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the American Folk Art Museum in NY. Hicks is the author of Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook and Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Groundbreaking 9 juillet 2009
Par Leigh Fellner - Publié sur Amazon.com
A sensation from the moment it was first exhibited, since 1886 the Bible Quilt and its reprise, the Pictorial Quilt, made by Georgia native and former slave Harriet Powers has been featured in more than 150 news articles, books, poems and plays. It is thus both remarkable and embarrassing that not until Kyra Hicks's latest work has anyone bothered to verify the received wisdom about the woman who is arguably the world's best-known quilter.

Hicks's easy, conversational and very personal tone belies the painstaking care of her research. What apparently began as an annotated bibliography snowballed into an astonishingly detailed provenance which both documents the lives of key figures in the quilts' history and refutes commonly held, if perennially evolving, assumptions about Powers.

It soon becomes clear to the reader that from the first, everyone who saw Powers's Bible Quilt regarded it as not only unique, but a work of art - high praise given its abstract design, the status of quilts as homely craft, and the tenuous role of black women in turn-of-the-century rural Georgia. Among the visitors of both races crowding to see it at the 1886 Northeast Georgia Fair was Jennie Smith, a white art teacher at an Athens girls' school. Smith was so captivated she tracked down Powers and offered to buy the quilt. After three meetings in four years, she convinced Powers to sell, agreeing to supply the avid quilter with fabric scraps and granting her what can best be described as visitation rights to the quilt. Smith carefully recorded Powers's description of the quilt's subjects, and exhibited it at least once thereafter, identifying Powers as the maker. In 1969 Smith's executor donated the quilt to the Smithsonian, and again it became a sensation.

Other Powers admirers purchased or commissioned a variation now known as the Pictorial Quilt, presented to Charles Cuthbert Hall in 1898 probably when he became Union Theological Seminary's new president. For years Hall displayed it on the wall of his summer house, and even as a child, Hall's great-grandson knew the quilt was "a living thing, not meant to be on a bed, but meant to be art." Like the Bible Quilt, the Pictorial Quilt long remained in appreciative private hands; then in 1961, art collector Maxim Karolik acquired it on behalf of Boston's Museum of Fine Art, where it has been on display since 1975. (It is currently in storage while the MFA undergoes renovation.)

Hicks's tenacious pursuit of primary sources uncovered crucial details about Powers's life which future researchers cannot ignore. She also confirms suspicions that these were not Powers's only quilts. In fact, Powers appears to have been something of a competitor, winning at least one prize for another 1880s quilt. Powers herself describes a fourth quilt's distinctive appearance; is it still hidden, unidentified, in some collection?
It is hard for any diligent researcher to resist sharing every tidbit we unearth; too often, every toy is our favorite. But this can distract rather than illuminate. The reader feels ungrateful complaining that Hicks sometimes provides *too much* information about peripheral characters; nevertheless it is hard not to wish that, for example, the thirteen pages on Karolik's life had instead been devoted to Powers's early years (rarely discussed in other sources) and careful descriptions of the quilts' materials and techniques, both of which Hicks seems to have omitted. But this is praising with faint damns. Hicks's main fault is modesty: she seems to view her book as supplemental when it should be the axis on which any reading on Powers revolves.

The author does yeoman's work viewing her subjects in historical context. A self-identified Christian familiar with Biblical iconography, she avoids the common pitfall of treating Powers's imagery as inscrutable and exotic, and she refrains from Rorschach-test psychologizing. While frankly confronting the patronizing racism of another era, she is also heroically "slow to wrath" (although the reader is baffled by her observation that "no African-American made quilts [were] included" in the groundbreaking 1971 Whitney quilt exhibition, as none of those quilts' makers appear to have been identified.)

Hicks might be amused that white vaudevillian and "Negro mimic" Lucine Finch, fabricator in 1914 of a grotesquely stereotyped "interview" with Powers (who had died four years before), appears to have been no respecter of persons regardless of race - even when she knew them personally. One review sneered that as Mother Goose in her friend's operetta, Finch "unfortunately trusted to her own capacity for making up things on the spur of the moment in preference to adhering to the lines of the part." Hicks's careful work marks a break with this kind of poetic license, and our appreciation of Powers is better for it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely a "MUST" Read!!!!!!!!!!!! 7 juillet 2009
Par Marlene O'Bryant-Seabrook - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you like mystery stories, quilts or quilt history, and, particularly, if you are one of the legions of persons who admire or have heard of the two famous Harriet Powers quilts, this is a "MUST" read!

Kyra Hicks is an extraordinary researcher who will tenaciously follow a lead wherever it takes her - intellectually and physically. "This I Accomplish" - actual words of Harriet Powers - allows you to follow Hicks as she discovers and uncovers important, previously unknown, DOCUMENTED facts about Mrs. Powers.

Swearing me to secrecy, Kyra periodically shared information as she returned from trips, found documents, located people, etc. One of her disclosures about a mischievous child had me running to get a large photo of the quilt while we were on the telephone. It is hilarious! Believe me, those tidbits did not mar my reading the book. I literally could not put it down, except for brief periods, until I completed it.

Kyra knows that she has not learned all that there is to know about the Harriet Powers story. Not only does she challenge others to continue the research, she - unselfishly - points out possible leads to follow. As one of "Harriet's Daughters" ( [...] ), I thank Kyra Hicks for this book!
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Reads like a wonderful mystery story 16 juillet 2009
Par Kimberly Wulfert - Publié sur Amazon.com
Kyra's intimate style of revealing her research findings, step by step, feels like a Nancy Drew mystery unfolding before me. It is a page turner. "This I Accomplish" is intended for adults, but certainly would be enjoyed by younger history buffs too.

Through Kyra's book we learn facts never revealed about Harriet Powers, the former slave, born in 1837, who became the recognized quilt maker known today for her primitive style appliqué quilts depicting tales from the Bible and American history.

The intimate quality of this delightful book about a 19th century African-American woman is due to Kyra's passion for it and joy exclaimed at each successful juncture in her discovery process. Kyra's deep respect and admiration for Harriet is easily sensed throughout the book, making Harriet became a real person and furthering my appreciation of her life.

About half of the book is a long version of the tale of discovery of Harriet Powers, her quilts and their owners and it contains photos. The last half of the book is broken into sections with detailed additional information to document Harriet Powers fully and to aid future researchers including an annotated comprehensive bibliography, timeline, and contemporary quilts made in honor of Harriet Powers.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I recommend it to quilt history enthusiasts, quilters, students of women's history, genealogists, new researchers wondering what the process is like for someone else, and female detective story buffs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Scholar Adds New Information to an Old Subject 10 juillet 2009
Par Patricia Cummings - Publié sur Amazon.com
Kyra Hicks has added so much to previously-available information about Harriet Powers and her quilts. I really appreciate the amount of details she includes all through the book and in the almost 200 entries in an annotated Bibliography.

This is a book that is difficult to put down, and one that will serve as a reference for all who are interested in Harriet Powers and her renowned quilts.

This is the third book I have seen, written by Ms. Hicks, and none of them have been disappointing. Quite the opposite effect, I'd say! This book is charming in the way the information is presented and because it is such a thorough look at the subject, although as any researcher knows ... there is always more to uncover!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 African American quilt history research 30 octobre 2009
Par Judy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
If you want a book with a lot of pictures this is not for you. But if you want to read about the thrill of a quilt historian's research as she discovers that all the information we had about Harriet Powers being an illiterate women were totally false you will love this book. This is a landmark in debunking the old assumptions that African American slave women were ignorant and unable to read or write.
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