Newport Art Museum will present Pleasure and Presence: a virtual Artist Talk with quilt artist and storyteller Bisa Butler on Thursday, May perhaps 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The talk is $15 common admission, free for learners to age 18, and will be sent practically via Zoom. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link, and is out there at newportartmuseum.org/events.

A quilt is a potent object. Produced by hand, even the most minimum quilt structure is a materials history of the lifestyle, inspirations, tastes, background, and beliefs of the maker and receiver. 

Bisa Butler’s wonderful modern day quilts make use of the medium to raise up the stories of African American persons both of those acknowledged and mysterious. The lively shades and styles of African materials from her ancestral Ghana, batiks from Nigeria, and prints from South Africa generate a visual cacophony, a blissed-out intensity, good natural beauty and sensation of celebration. Her textile portraits immortalize cultural figures and nameless men and women alike. Dignified and regal, their unapologetic maximalism finally will make looking absent, ignoring, or forgetting them, an impossibility.