Pettway, Missouri. (Gee's Bend, AL, 1902-Gee's Bend, AL, 1981)

Bibliography and Exhibitions



Gee's Bend: The Women and their Quilts.
Atlanta: Tinwood Books, 2002.
432 pp., color plates (many full-page), notes, bibliog., index of artists, general index (including quilt pattern names). Foreword by Peter Marzio; intro. Alvia Wardlaw, texts by John Beardsley, William and Paul Arnett, Jane Livingston. A great deal of the text, however, are the stories told by the women themselves, from interviews with Matthew Arnett, William Arnett, Mary McCarthy, and several others, mostly conducted from 1999-2002. Published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition The Quilts of Gee's Bend, but this is a different, larger and more comprehensive publication, vastly superior to the book by that name. The quilts are from the William Arnett Collection of the Tinwood Alliance. 136 women quiltmakers of Rehoboth and Gee's Bend included: Nellie Mae Abrams, Ma Willie Abrams, Annie Bendolph, Ella Bendolph, Indiana Bendolph, Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Agatha Bennett, Amelia Bennett, Delia Bennett, Linda Diane Bennett, Margaret Bennett, Mary L. Bennett, Polly Mooney Bennett, Maggie Benning, Sarah Benning, Willie Ann Benning, Della Mae Bridges, Elizabeth Carson, Virginia Carson, Minder Coleman, Minnie Sue Coleman, Ruby Gamble, Rachel Corey George, Eddie Leo P. Green, Josie Lee Hall, Pearly Pettway Hall, Gloria Hoppins, America Irby, Ella Mae Irby, Rebecca Myles Jones, Sally Bennett Jones, Clementine Parker Kennedy, Lavinia Kennedy, Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, Moultree Kennedy, Nettie Jane Kennedy, Ruth Kennedy, Seebell Kennedy, Lizzie Major, Nazareth Major, Helen McCloud, Ora McDaniels, Gertrude Miller, Lucy Mingo, Lottie Mooney, Lucy Mooney, Mary Mooney, Flora Moore, Aolar C. Mosely, Jeanette Mosely, Patsy Mosely, Rivel Mosely (as Revil), Ruth P. Mosely, Virginia Mosely, China Grove Myles, Sadie Bell Nelson, Addie Pearl Nicholson, Mertline Perkins, Allie Pettway, Annette Pettway, Annie Bell Pettway, Annie E. Pettway, Arcola Pettway, Arie Pettway, Arlonzia Pettway, Beatrice Pettway, Belinda Pettway, Candis Pettway, Cherokee Parker Pettway, China Pettway, City Pettway, Creola Pettway, Emma Mae Hall Pettway, Essie Bendolph Pettway, Daisy Pettway, Giogianna Pettway, Henrietta Pettway, Indiana Bendolph Pettway, Jennie Pettway, Jessie T. Pettway, Joanna Pettway, Joerina Pettway, Laureen C. Pettway, Leola Pettway, Lilie Mae Pettway, Linda Pettway, Lola Pettway, Loretta Pettway, Lorraine Pettway, Lottie Pettway, Louella C. Pettway, Lucy P. Pettway, Lucy T. (Lunky) Pettway, Lutisha Pettway, Malissia Pettway, Marie Pettway, Martha Jane Pettway, Mary Ann Bendolph Pettway, Mary Lisa Pettway, Mensie Lee Pettway, Missouri Pettway, Nellie Pettway, Nellie Mae Pettway, Nell Parker Pettway, Pearlie Irby Pettway, Pearlie Kennedy Pettway, Pleasant Pettway, Plummer T. Pettway, Prissy Pettway, Qunnie Pettway, Rita Mae Pettway, Stella Mae Pettway, Sweet T. Pettway, Virginia Pettway, Mattie Ross, Bettie Bendolph Seltzer, Sue Willie Seltzer, Florine Smith, Mary Spencer, Fannie T. Westbrook, Gearldine Westbrook, Hannah Wilcox, Andrea Williams, Irene Williams, Liza Jane Williams, Nell Hall Williams, Patty Ann Williams, Magdalene Wilson, Estelle Witherspoon, Lucy P. Witherspoon, Annie Mae Pettway Young, Callie Young, Deborah Pettway Young, Ethel Young, Nettie Young. 4to (13.4 x 11.6 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.

Dis/cover/ing the quilts of Gee's Bend, Alabama.
In: The Journal of Modern Craft 1.2 (July 2008):221+. Outstanding long thoughtful and well-footnoted article provoked by the Arnett sponsored traveling exhibition of The Quilts of Gee's Bend.

HOUSTON (TX). Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Gee´s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt.
June 4-September 4, 2006.
224 pp. exhib. cat., 330 color illus., bibliogs., index. Discussion of 70 quilts. Curated by Alvia J. Wardlaw; texts by Paul Arnett, William Arnett, Bernard Herman, Lauren Whitley, Dilys Blum, Diane Mott, Joanne Cubbs, and Maggie Gordon. [Traveled to: Indianapolis Museum of Art, October 8-December 31, 2006; Orlando Museum of Art, January 28-May 13, 2007; The Walters Art Museum, June 17-August 26, 2007; Tacoma Art Museum, September 22-December 9, 2007; The Speed Art Museum, January 2-March 23, 2008; Denver Museum of Art, April 13-July 6, 2008; Philadelphia Museum of Art, September 14-December 14, 2008.] 4to (34 x 29 cm.; 13.1 x 11.6 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.

The Quilts of Gee's Bend: Masterpieces from a Lost Place.
Atlanta: Tinwood Books, 2002.
192 pp., 195 illus. (162 in color), index of artists, index. Text by John Beardsley, William Arnett, Paul Arnett, Jane Livingston, Alvia Wardlaw (Introduction), Peter Marzio. All 101 artists listed in the artists index are cross-referenced although they are not listed in this book description. Note: This is not the same book as Gee's Bend: The Women and their Quilts which is a larger and more substantial publication. Gee's Bend, Alabama, is a hamlet of 750 residents, many of whom are the descendants of slaves from the former Pettway plantation (and bear the surname Pettway), who during the New Deal purchased farms from the government. For much of the last century, the women of Gee's Bend have produced striking examples of American vernacular quiltmaking art, sharing them among the community and storing them within their homes. The first major monograph, accompanying a widely distributed traveling exhibition, opening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, followed by the Whitney Museum of American Art (November 21, 2002-March 9, 2003; and eleven other museum venues.] [A few of the dozens of reviews include: Brooks Barnes, "Art and Collecting: Museums Cozy Up to Quilts," Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2002:W12; Peter Plagens, "A Quilting Bee Bounty," Newsweek, November 18, 2002:78; Patricia Lee Brown, "From the Bottomlands, Soulful Stitches," NYT, November 21, 2002; Michael Kimmelman, "Jazzy Geometry, Cool Quilters," NYT, November 29, 2002:33.] 4to (13.4 x 11.5 in.), cloth.

MOBILE (AL). Alabama Contemporary Art Center.
History Refused to Die.
Group exhibition of self-taught African American artists from Alabama from the collection of William Arnett. Included: Louisiana Bendolph, Arthur Dial, Richard Dial, Thornton Dial, Thornton Dial Jr., Rachel Carey George, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Charlie Lucas, Joe Minter, Lucy T. Pettway, Missouri Pettway, Sue Willie Seltzer, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Mose Tolliver, including a recreation of Minter's African Village.

NASHVILLE (TN). Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Creation Story: Gee's Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial.
May 24-September 3, 2012.
xi, 115 pp., illus. (chiefly color), biblliog., index. Ed. Mark Scala. Texts by Paul Arnett, Joanne Cubbs, Phillip March Jones. Includes: Mary Lee Bendolph, Mary L. Bennett, Essie Bendolph Pettway, Missouri Pettway, Patty Ann Williams, et al. Large 4to (33 cm.), cloth, d.j.