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Faith Ringgold

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Interview with Faith Ringgold, 1991 September 3 and 2006 May 10

Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), a writer, painter, sculptor, printmaker and performance artist, is perhaps best known for her painted story quilts which incorporate African American images and narratives. Ringgold’s art has redefined black and feminist ideals and is rooted in the strength of African American culture, family, mother-daughter relationships, marriage, sexuality, and female self-expression. Ringgold’s interest in story-telling naturally led to the production of several award-winning children's books with African American themes including Tar Beach, Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky, Dinner at Aunt Connie's House and Bonjour Lonnie. Her web site includes material geared for children and young people. The topic of race is never far away.

Further Reading

Farrington, Lisa E. Art on Fire: The Politics of Race and Sex in the Paintings of Faith Ringgold. New York: Millennium Fine Arts Pub., 1999.

———. Faith Ringgold. Petaluma, Calif.: Pomegranate, c2004.

Flomenhaft, Eleanor. Faith Ringgold, A 25 Year Survey: April 1 to June 24, 1990, FAMLI, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island. Hempstead, N.Y.: FAMLI, c1990.

Gouma-Peterson, Thalia. Faith Ringgold: Painting, Sculpture, Performance; August 25-October 13, 1985, The College of Wooster, Art Museum, Wooster, Ohio. Wooster, Ohio: The College, c1985.