African American Quilter Michael Cummings

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Michael A. Cummings, a native of Los Angeles, currently lives and sews in the 100-year-old Harlem brownstone he purchased in the early 1980s. ” I guess you could say that my home is like my art: It is a living, breathing collage.”

Cummings’ work as a quiltmaker — an art form which dates back centuries and involves the piecing together of fabric to form something new — has brought him national and international attention. In addition to the HBO commission, Cummings has had solo exhibitions with Bates College in Maine, Hallmark Cards, New York City’s Cinque Gallery and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Cummings’ keen sense of history, his reverence for the spiritual, and his reworking the possibilities of the present and the future make his quilts striking.

The New York Times noted in 1992 that Cummings ” may seem like an honorary Edwardian in his pictures but he … draws inspiration from Africa and the art of African Americans, particularly the great quilters of the South.”

Limited Edition Posters of selected quilts by Michael Cummings signed by the artist are available for purchase.


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