Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930, at the tail end of the Harlem Renaissance, an intense period of cultural creativity spanning fashion, art, music and theatre, which celebrated African American identity. Ringgold's mother, in fact, was a fashion designer who taught her to sew, and encouraged her talent from an early age.
Faith Ringgold,The Flag is Bleeding #2 (American Collection #6), 1997. Private collection, courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London © 2018 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Among the works going on display are Ringgold's political paintings, narrative quilts and children’s books. She also made posters for the Black Power movement of the 60s and 70s. And her activism didn’t stop at art. In 1973 she co-founded the National Black Feminist Organisation with her then 18-year-old daughter, Michele Wallace and the two led protests against the lack of diversity in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition programme.
This exhibition promises to be rich, engaging and challenging, as it leads us through the different phases of her Ringgold's work, which is as relevant now as it ever was, as she continues to challenge the realties of the American dream.
|What||Faith Ringgold exhibition, Serpentine Gallery|
|Where||Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
06 Jun 19 – 08 Sep 19, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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