Pigment prints on fabric, with wooden embroidery hoops and wallpaper
Museum purchase with funds gifted anonymously in memory of Madeline O'Connor
Koinonia (pronounced koy-NOW-nee-uh) is a Greek word for Christian fellowship or communion. The silhouettes seen here recall the September 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where four young girls were killed. Floral motifs reference patterned flour, sugar, and cotton sacks upcycled during the Great Depression to create clothing. For Letitia Huckaby, the embroidery hoops are a nod to “women’s work and the creation of something precious for the home, something that would get passed down through the generations.” Koinonia and other works by the artist address the inequity for African Americans so prevalent in the United States.