▪ In celebration of Black History Month in February, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg will open an exhibit on quilting in America following the abolition of slavery. A Century of African-American Quilts will open on Jan. 30 and run through 2016. The exhibition features twelve quilts, six never before exhibited, and some from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, which are renowned for their innovative use of color, pattern, asymmetry and the free adaptation of traditional quilt designs. According to the museum, “Freedom from convention sets these examples apart from ordinary, more commonplace, appliqué and piecing techniques.” In addition, a wide range of programs, lectures and other special events will be held throughout Colonial Williamsburg in conjunction with Black History Month. Details: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/art-museums/.
▪ Japan’s legendary warriors are featured in Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, a traveling exhibit coming to The Ringling Museum in Sarasota Jan. 15 to April 17. The exhibition has about 70 objects including full suits of armor, helmets, swords and saddles. The array of military gear and personal items like incense trays and lacquered writing boxes are from a collection of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy. The exhibit is organized by Contemporanea Progetti. Samurai were part of a powerful military caste that began as provincial warriors before they rose to power in 12th century Japan. It marked the beginning of the country’s first military dictatorship, known as the shogunate. Details: www.ringling.org/events/samurai-way-warrior.
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