At the New Britain Museum of American Art, a mixed-media exhibition by Robert Charles Hudson (pictured) is on display through January 8, 2012. The majority of the works are abstract paintings with small quilts sewn into the middle, which Hudson crafted by following written instructions from his mother. The designs of the quilts are based on coded messages used in the Underground Railroad to indicate various ideas, like whether a given place is a safe hiding place or not. As the title suggests, Hudson seeks to bring these important symbols out of obscurity.
Robert Charles Hudson: Above the Underground, Ends Jan. 8, New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain, (860) 229-0257, nbmaa.org.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times