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con­vey but recog­nise that my mes­sage and the viewer’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion will merge and cre­ate a new un­der­stand­ing, sub­ject to con­stant rein­ter­pre­ta­tion.” These mes­sages are be­ing seen around the world. Cooper’s work has been part of nu­mer­ous ex­hi­bi­tions, each hold­ing a spe­cial place in her heart. In 2009, Cooper’s quilt, ‘Amer­ica at the Cross­roads’, was ex­hib­ited at the Wash­ing­ton His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, in cel­e­bra­tion of the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama as the 44th pres­i­dent of the United States. “The eu­pho­ria sur­round­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the first black pres­i­dent was pal­pa­ble. The feel­ing at the open­ing was elec­tric. My quilt, ‘Amer­ica at the Cross­roads’ – a very am­bi­tious un­der­tak­ing – I was in­spired dur­ing the course of the 2008 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. The pur­port­edly ‘im­prob­a­ble’ can­di­dacy of Barack Hus­sein Obama de­manded intro/ret­ro­spec­tion about Amer­i­can’s peren­nial chal­lenge to rec­on­cile the com­pet­ing imperatives

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