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Treaty with the Sauk and Foxes, 1830, Broken Treaty Quilt

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Treaty with the Sauk and Foxes, 1830, Broken Treaty Quilt

Artist: Gina Adams (American Ojibwa/Irish, Lithuanian Descent, born 1965)
Date: 2019
Medium: Hand-cut calico letters on antique quilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 78 × 61 in. (198.1 × 154.9 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Kyle and Sharon Krause Family Art Acquisition Fund, 2019.54
Accession number: 2019.54
Classification: textile
In Collection(s)
Label TextGina Adams considers her Broken Treaty Quilts series to be be her life's work, and intends to make one for every broken treaty between various colonial governments and the indigenous nations of North America. The recently purchased work, Treaty with the Sauk and Foxes 1830, Broken Treaty Quilt, 2019, features a treaty that covers a wide range of land, part of which includes Iowa and the ground on which the Art Center now stands. Adams uses 75-100 year old cotton fabric from men's shirts, sewn onto antique quilts. The color arrangements are created via a complex system inspired by Joseph Albers' and Johannes Ittens' Modernist color theories. DMAC News, Apr May Jun 2020
entirely unexpected