Learn About The Works Of Artist & Activist Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, Early Works #25, Self-Portrait (detail), 1965

This summer the National Museum of Women In The Arts in Washington, D.C. presents selected pieces from artist Faith Ringgold.  The exhibition American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s will be on view from June 21–November 10, 2013. Ms. Ringgold painted flat, figural compositions that showed a decidedly female perspective of the nascent Civil Rights Movement during the 60’s. She moved into sculpted works in the 1970’s and what she’s referred to as “story quilts” in the 80’s.

Ringgold has been active in the Black Arts Movement, Where We At: Black Women Artists and the Ad Hoc Women’s Art Committee. In 2012 for MLK Day, Google swapped out their standard logo for a Ringgold-created “Google Doodle”.  Doesn’t it seem as if more people were willing to create prodigious works, start cultural groups, address social changes and express their creativity in previous generations? I’m probably dismissing sheer volume of participants, so perhaps what I’m speaking of is related to quality works, legacy pieces and something that will stand the test of time. Everything labeled “creative” is far from it, repetitive, often blatantly derivative and quickly forgotten.

It’s just nice to be able to support and enjoy the works of a brilliant artist who’s still alive. Check out her blog and send her a message saying hello! While you’re at it, let the museums know there’s an audience out there who’d pay to see more multi-ethnic women artists featured.

7 Replies to “Learn About The Works Of Artist & Activist Faith Ringgold”

  1. YESS! I will be checking this out! I love Black themed art, especially pieces created by Black women. Thank you for mentioning this, Faith.

  2. Thanks for the info on the Faith.Ringgold exhibit. She's been a long time activist and feminist since the second wave. I've always enjoyed her work. I got to discover her through bell hooks and Ringgold's daughter-the author Michele Wallace.

    1. If we don’t celebrate and circulate each other, we can’t expect any one else to truly appreciate us. Ms. Wallace wrote: Black Macho and The Myth of The Superwoman -- which I hope everyone has or plans to read!!! People can also check out Ms. Ringgold on Makers. http://www.makers.com/faith-ringgold

      1. You're absolutely right . We have to celebrate and promote each other. Plus, DC museums are absolutely free!

        I remember reading Black Macho decades after it was released during my twenties. It prompted me to do some research on what the reception of the book was during the late 70s/early 80s. Michele took quite a beating. It was very daring of her to write such a book during that era. It is an important body of work and should be required reading.

        1. I've heard of that book but I don't recall the authors name but DONE! I'm gonna have to Amazon it. I love her self portrait from the 60s very swirly, it's pretty!

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