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Blocks and Strips


American, Alabama
Annie Mae Young (American, 1928–2013)

Object Place: Gee's Bend, Alabama, United States


Overall: 210.8 x 165.1 cm (83 x 65 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave; printed; silk plain weave; cotton twill weave; cotton knit; cotton velvet; quilted

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Patchwork quilt made of strips and blocks of red, blue, white, green, black, beige, and purple cottons, pieced in an abstract block pattern, and quilted with vertical hand stitching. Lined white, off-white, and beige cotton. Light brown sleeve along top with wooden rod for hanging. Signed in lower left corner, “Annie Mae Young/2002.”


Before 2009, purchased by Robert and Jane Burke, Boston; gift of the Burkes to the MFA (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert and Jane Burke