These beautiful last days of summer are the perfect time to admire the garden at the Morris-Jumel Mansion and step inside to view a thought-provoking exhibition of textile art. Titled The Fabric of Emancipation, the juried show was produced by the mansion in partnership with Harlem Needle Arts, an organization that promotes fabric and needle arts made by artists of the African Diaspora. The works on exhibit highlight the historical and contemporary experience of blacks in the United States. In this pointedly topical piece, for example, Laura R. Gadson juxtaposes the divergent treatment of blacks and whites who attract the attention of the police.
Detail of an artwork by Laura R. Gadson on exhibit at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
Detail of Conversations in Cotton: The Fabric of Our Lives, by Laura R. Gadson. On exhibit through October 3 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.