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Celebrating Black History Month at the Port Authority “Gallery of the People”
February 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
New York, NY, February –March, 2018 “PAX Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kabuye,” an exhibit of vibrant embroideries created by Rwandan artists, celebrates Black History Month at the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s “Gallery of the People” exhibit space near the terminal’s 9th Avenue entrance. The display continues through March.
The collection was warmly received by Port Authority patrons in 2015 and 2016 and was featured on MSNBC.com with Natalie Pasquarella. It features intricately rendered embroideries of Rwanda’s culture, its people, and the animals of East Africa.
PAX Rwanda is the artistry of women who are survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsis. Their original approach to embroidery, using three different colors of thread on one needle, is unique to this workshop and was pioneered by its founder and artistic director, Christiane Rwagatare. Their painstaking technique subtly blends colors and brings their compositions to life, creating with needle and thread what the painter does with brush and paint.
PAX Rwanda has toured galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, and Ohio since 2011.
The collection is curated by Juliana Meehan, a New Jersey educator, who discovered the embroideries as a tourist to Rwanda in 2010.
Curator, PAX Rwanda