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Florida Pictorial Quilt

A work made of appliquéd and embroidered quilt; dyed and printed cotton plain and satin weave fabrics; cotton embroidery threads.

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  • A work made of appliquéd and embroidered quilt; dyed and printed cotton plain and satin weave fabrics; cotton embroidery threads.

Date:

1939/1943

Artist:

Possibly made for the WPA Project
United States, Florida, Tampa

About this artwork

Offering a complicated vision of Florida, this quilt features appliquéd and embroidered representations of local leisure activities such as golfing, as well as some of the state’s leading agricultural products, including cotton and citrus. It also includes stereotypical images of African Americans, such as a tiny figure picking cotton and a boy in tattered clothing playing a banjo next to a partially eaten slice of watermelon. These representations contrast markedly with those of the white figures enjoying the beach or graduating from school, thus alluding to black and white Floridians’ unequal access to opportunity. The quilt raises questions about whose memory of the state it documents and draws attention to the fact that quilts can reproduce stereotypes and other uncomfortable aspects of culture that belie the sense of comfort they typically convey.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Federal Works Agency (Craftsperson)

Title

Florida Pictorial Quilt

Origin

Florida

Date

Made 1939–1943

Medium

Appliquéd and embroidered quilt; dyed and printed cotton plain and satin weave fabrics; cotton embroidery threads

Inscriptions

Inscription: WRUF AIR WAYS FANNIE

Dimensions

231.4 × 195.3 cm (91 1/8 × 76 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Robert Allerton and The Christa C. Mayer Thurman Textile Endowments

Reference Number

2001.451

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