BAMPFA Exhibit - Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

Rosie Lee Tompkins (1936–2006) is widely considered one of the most brilliant and inventive quiltmakers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Her reputation has grown to the point where her work is no longer considered solely within the context of quilting, but celebrated among the great American artistic achievements of our time. Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date, featuring approximately seventy quilts, pieced tops, embroideries, assemblages, and decorated objects. It reveals Tompkins to be an artist of extraordinary variety, depth, and impact.

A centerpiece of BAMPFA’s reopening is the relaunch of its acclaimed retrospective of the work of Rosie Lee Tompkins, which opened in February 2020 and was on view for less than a month prior to the museum’s closure. Celebrated by the New York Times as “a life-changing, history-altering exhibition,”Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective is the largest retrospective to date of one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated quiltmakers, whose work has been newly rediscovered following a historic bequest to BAMPFA in 2018 of nearly three thousand quilts by African American artists. Originally slated to close on December 20, 2020, the exhibition has been extended through July 18, 2021.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Friday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 19
  • Sunday, June 20
  • Friday, June 25
  • Saturday, June 26
  • Sunday, June 27
  • Friday, July 2
  • Saturday, July 3
  • Sunday, July 4
  • Friday, July 9
  • Saturday, July 10
  • Sunday, July 11
  • Friday, July 16
  • Saturday, July 17
  • Sunday, July 18
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