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a new exhibition at the
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University


The Life Quilt, 2018, features the names of 107 women serving life sentences in 2017 in Louisiana compiled by Selina Anderson of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) Drama Club. The names were hand-beaded by members of the following Black Masking Indian gangs: Golden Feather Hunters, Creole Osceola, Washitaw Nation, Wild Magnolias, Cheyenne Hunters, Young Masai Hunters; the center portrait created by Brandan ‘BMike’ Odums features the late Mary Turner, Founding LCIW Drama Club member and Lifer; and the entire piece is sewn together by Louise Mouton Johnson. The Life Quilt was produced by The Graduates, co-created and co-sponsored by ArtSpot Productions and Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective. At the time of its creation, The Graduates were Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellows; and The Life Quilt, along with a Louisiana tour of their performance “Won’t Bow Down!” were supported in part by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alternate ROOTS Partners in Action Program, made possible by support from Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Surdna Foundation.