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The Paul R. Jones Museum is proud to present Michael C. Thorpe: Nonsensical Formalism March 3 – April 28, 2023. There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, April 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., during Tuscaloosa’s First Friday Art Walk.

Brooklyn, New York-based textile artist Michael C. Thorpe creates art quilts and fabric collages of bright, dream-like scenes and highly personal “meandering thoughts,” as one of his early solo shows was titled. For Thorpe, the quilt has become a canvas for dreaming up alternate pasts and exploring potential futures. The young artist sold all eighteen pieces at his first solo exhibition in 2020.


Daniel White, director of the Paul R. Jones Museum, who organized the exhibition, said, “Working from a deeply personal narrative, Thorpe brings a fresh voice to an age-old tradition and he is breaking new ground visually with the medium. As the Gee’s Bend Quilters took their work to the Whitney Museum in 2003 and elevated quilts beyond their craft identity, a new generation of textile artist brings his work back to the Alabama Black Belt. Thorpe’s work brings the Southern quilt tradition full circle as we celebrate how that tradition inspires contemporary artists working today.”


Michael C. Thorpe is represented by LaiSun Keane Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. Nonsensical Formalism has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Paul R. Jones Museum is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. Admission to the museum is free. The museum is located at 2308 Sixth Street, in downtown Tuscaloosa, one block from the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and First Fridays 12 noon-8 pm. Have questions or need assistance? Call (205) 345-3038 or go to their website.

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