BLM‑4

Media - 2021.15 - SAAM-2021.15_3 - 142994
Copied Carolyn Crump, BLM-4, 2020, cotton fabric, cotton thread, overall_​1: 13 38 × 7 14 × 9 14 in. (34 × 18.4 × 23.5 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Kenneth R. Trapp Acquisition Fund, 2021.15, © 2020, Carolyn Crump

Artwork Details

Title
BLM‑4
Date
2020
Dimensions
overall_​1: 13 38 × 7 14 × 9 14 in. (34 × 18.4 × 23.5 cm)
Copyright
© 2020, Carolyn Crump
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Kenneth R. Trapp Acquisition Fund
Mediums
Mediums Description
cotton fabric, cotton thread
Classifications
Keywords
  • History — United States — Black History
  • Occupation — other — reformer
Object Number
2021.15

Artwork Description

“I started making my art masks to chronicle this time in my life so people could know I gave my love, talent, and my time to my community, friends and family, anybody that needed my help. I tried do what I could.” —Carolyn Crump















Carolyn Crump tells stories of African American life with her three-dimensional quilts. She is a fifth-generation quilter and member of the Women of Color Quilters Network. At the onset of COVID-19, Crump began making cloth masks for her community in Houston, Texas. After a few months, she began sewing more elaborate and nonfunctional masks, like a joyful vignette of a little girl reading under an apple tree. Following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, she turned to themes of resilience and social justice, including a portrait of Floyd and protest signs affirming the message Black Lives Matter.







This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Exhibitions

Quilt featuring the portrait of a woman
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World
May 13, 2022April 2, 2023
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today.