MSU MUSEUM GUIDED GALLERY TOUR
Visit the Michigan State University Museum for a gallery tour of "Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry An African American Quilt Scholar." Exhibition assistant Kaitlyn Osborn, an MSU Anthropology major, is leading the tour as part an internship concentrating on the Benberry collection. more information...
Michigan State University Museum premiered the textile collections of the late Cuesta Benberry, one of the twentieth-century's pioneers of research on American quiltmaking and the forerunner of research on African American quiltmaking. Benberry had a long association with the MSU Museum, the home of the Great Lakes Quilt Center, and when she passed away in 2007, her family gave the Michigan State University Museum her collection of African and African American quilts and her quilt history. Then in 2009, the American Folk Art Museum in New York City transferred its Benberry collections to the MSU Museum so that the bulk of her work could be in one place where it could be more effectively accessed for research and educational uses.
Over the past year, MSU Museum staff, students like Osborn and volunteers have been "unpacking" -- sorting through, cataloging, and rehousing Benberry's collection.