Letitia Huckaby: This Same Dusty Road
This Same Dusty Road features quilted photographic works based on Huckaby’s faith, family, and cultural heritage in Louisiana. Much of the work in this exhibition grows out of memories of visiting family who lived along Highway 19, north of Baton Rouge. Through heirloom fabrics, traditional hand-quilting techniques, and photography, Huckaby mines the legacy of her family—particularly the matriarchs—connecting and confronting past and present inequities. She composes her family portraits to evoke old masterworks and altar pieces. Another portrait series features nuns at the Sisters of the Holy Family Mother House. The religious order was founded in 1842 by free women of color.
Letitia Huckaby holds an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Library of Congress; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont; the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection at Scripps College in Claremont, California; and the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. She has exhibited at Dallas Contemporary, the Galveston Arts Center, and the McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans and been in residence with the Gee’s Bend Quilters and Brandywine.
This exhibition was curated by Courtney Taylor and organized by the Louisiana State University Museum of Art. This exhibition was made possible by Hayride Scandal, Affordable Signs, Third Eye Consulting Group, First Financial of Baton Rouge LLC, Louisiana Museum Foundation, Capitol Park Friends, Louisiana Travel, and the Winifred & Kevin Reilly, Jr. Foundation and will be on view through September 17.
Sponsored by the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, a division of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
Image Above (detail): Letitia Huckaby, Cotton Pests and Diabetes, pigment prints sewn into patchwork quilt, 46x54”