Loretta Bennett/ Helen Frankenthaler
See masterful quilts by Loretta Bennett, one of the younger generation of quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The rural community became known for its distinctive and sophisticated style during the civil rights movement, when the Freedom Quilting Bee was organized. Their skills and aesthetic have passed through at least six generations; Bennett’s brilliantly colorful designs do her forebears justice, and then some. Her work is paired in the gallery with dreamlike etchings, lithographs and woodcuts from American abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler.