The Quilter’s Playlist

Detail of Bisa Butler'sThe Safety Patrol, 2018.

The Cavigga Family Trust. © Bisa Butler

In Bisa Butler: Portraits, the titular artist displays her colorful rendering of Black figures in quilted works that blur the line between textile work and portraiture. In this piece for the Art Institute of Chicago, Butler — with the help of her husband, a professional DJ — pairs her artwork with songs, demonstrating the power of art to speak across genres and mediums to elicit emotions.

“Music has a strong ability to communicate emotion, and John and I chose these songs to share our thoughts and feelings about my artwork and my emotional intent for creating them. I hope you enjoy the selections and that this intersection of song and quilt open new ways of understanding both.” - Bisa Butler