Tributes to Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu by Quilt Artists from South Africa and the United States
Edited by Marsha MacDowell and Aleia Brown
Foreword by Desmond Tutu
Distribution: World
Publication date: 2/24/2017
Format: paper 90 pages, 54 color illus.
8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-944311-26-4
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Ubuntutu: Life Legacies of Love and Action features quilts that pay tribute to the indelible contributions that Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first black Archbishop of Cape Town, and his wife Leah, have made in addressing human rights, advancing social justice issues, and advocating for peace in South Africa and around the world. Archbishop Tutu is one of the most well-known champions of antiapartheid in South Africa and is a vigorous campaigner for many human rights causes. Leah, a founder of the South African Domestic Workers Association, has worked alongside her husband to advocate for peace and social justice. These art pieces also honor the Tutus’ faith and the enduring love they have for each other. The word ubuntutu, coined by one of the quilt artists, combines the name Tutu with the Nguni word ubuntu, which can be translated as “human kindness.” In the spirit of ubuntu, the quilts featured in this catalog remind us we are all interconnected.

This book, which accompanies an exhibition by the same name, is a collaborative project of the Michigan State University Museum, the Women of Color Quilters Network, and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

Author Bio

Marsha MacDowell is Professor and Curator of Folk Arts at the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, Michigan. She is Director of the Quilt Index, a digital repository of stories, images, and other data related to quilts from dispersed collections around the world.

Aleia Brown is Visiting Scholar with a joint appointment at the Michigan State University Museum and the Michigan State University History Department. Her writing, covering museums, civil rights, and gender, has appeared in Slate, TIMELINE Magazine, and other online platforms. She is the co-founder of two digital humanities projects: #BlkTwitterstorians and #MuseumsRespondtoFerguson.

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Table of Contents

Preface / Marsha MacDowell and Aleia Brown
Quilting Imitates Ubuntu / Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Ubuntutu Institutional Partner Statements

Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

Michigan State University

Intentional Artmaking, Presentation, and Documentation

On Curating Ubuntutu / Marsha MacDowell and Aleia Brown

Quilted Tributes: The Art of Making the Desmond and Leah Tutu

Legacy Accessible / Marsha MacDowell and Aleia Brown

Quilt Tributes and Artist Statements

Lauren Austin

Elaine Barnard

Helga Beaumont

Nkosazana Betani

Dana Biddle

Wendy Burtenshaw

Bisa Butler

Marian Coakley

Marion Coleman

Carolyn Crump

Celia de Villiers and Kris van ‘t Hof

Merithy Eccles and Ann-Marie Tully

Deborah Fell

Kathryn Harmer Fox

Peggie Hartwell

Jenny Hermans

Jenny Hearn

Sharon Kerry-Harlan

Trienie Krugel

Cynthia Lockhart

Amita Makan

Madeline Marsburg

Tamar Mason

Dindga McCannon

Barbara Ann McCraw

Peggy Lucas McGowan

Annette McMaster

Ed Johnetta Miller

Barbara Murray

Gina Niederhumer

Pixieladies (Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki)

Sharon Ray

Morag Scodilis

Denise Sheridan

April Anue Shipp

Carole Gary Staples

Roy Starke

Jenny Svensson

Maxine S. Thomas

Elmine van der Walt

Bettie van Zyl

Diane Vandeyar

Hester Viles

Enid Viljoen

Sheila Walwyn

Janet Waring

Valerie C. White

Trish Williams

Art as Political Action

Stitching to Empower / Sandra Kriel

The Transformative Power of Love and Art / Sharon Gelman

Making Art, Making Democracy

What Tutu Helps Us to Remember / Rehana Odendaal

Visualising the Possibilities of Pan-African Aesthetics through Quilt Portraiture / Michael Wilson

Memorialisation of Struggle Heroes / Noel L Z Solani


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