PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Working in conjunction with Ann Beha, Architect, Barbara Barran designed four custom-made Gee’s Bend Quilt Collection rugs for Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Culture.

I was contacted by Ann Beha, a Boston architect, who was searching for unusual carpets for Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Culture, which serves as the African-American students' union. For many years, I have produced rugs based on the Gee's Bend Quilts, art treasures made by a group of Black women in Gee's Bend, Alabama. When their show was held at the Whitney Museum, it generated the largest attendance of any exhibit until that time. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times called the quilts one of the most significant developments in modern art of the 20th century. Working with the quilters has been one of the most gratifying projects of my life.