Collection Number: 70045

Collection Title: Lauren Adams "Crazy Quilt" Project Files, 2017-2018

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Size 0.144 gigabytes (52 digital files)
Abstract Lauren Adams (1979-) is a white artist originally from Snow Camp, N.C.. The Lauren Adams Digital Files relate to the research, design, and production of "Crazy Quilt," a work of art commissioned by the Ackland Art Museum. "Crazy Quilt" depicts historical events, people and places from North Carolina, with an emphasis on reimagining women's roles in society, politics, labor, and art. The digital files include designs for original collages and designs for the artwork, photographs and documentation from the installation, the proposal for the project, design and timeline notes, and a list of sources. There are also high resolution digital images of the entire work.
Creator Adams, Lauren, 1979-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lauren Adams "Crazy Quilt" Project Files #70045, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lauren Adams in February 2020 (Acc. 20200227.2).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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"Lauren Frances Adams was born on a pig farm in Snow Hill, North Carolina in 1979. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and with a Masters of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007....Lauren’s artwork primarily features painting, drawing, printmaking, digital manipulation and sometimes video and performance in the context of installation works. She is a trained mural painter, expertise that she brings into her large-scale on-site installations. Her interests include archival research on political propaganda, the history of decorative arts, and protest movements."

A complete version of the collection creator's biographical note can be found a the Lauren Frances Adams website.

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The Lauren Adams Digital Files relate to the research, design, and production of "Crazy Quilt," a work of art commissioned by the Ackland Art Museum. The digital files include designs for original collages and designs for the artwork, photographs and documentation from the installation, the proposal for the project, design and timeline notes, and a list of sources. There are also high resolution digital images of the entire work.

Adams used the collections at the Ackland Art Museum, Wilson Special Collections Library, symbols of the state of North Carolina and references to state history, and her own personal keepsakes to depict historical events, people and places from North Carolina. The artist particularly emphasizes images of women, including Zora Neale Hurston and Pauli Murray, to reimagine women's roles in society, politics, labor, and art.

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Processing Information

This finding aid compiles archival collecting, description, and preservation work performed by Nancy Kaiser, Dawne Howard Lucas, Nicholas Graham, Jessica Venlet, and Clare Carlson, March 2020

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, March 2020

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