Coursework on Faith Ringgold

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Faith Ringgold was born in the year 1930, at Harlem Hospital, New York City. Her Mother, Willie Posey Jones, was a fashion designer and her father was Andrew Luis Jones an avid storyteller. Ringgold was exposed to creativity from an early age. Harlem Renaissance made Ringgold childhood home was a vibrant and thriving art scene. Ringgolds grew up during the great depression; her work is significantly affected by people, poetry, music that she experienced when she was young. Racism, sexism, and segregation that she always dealt with in her everyday life also influenced her work (Ringgold, Wallace, Collins, Fitzpatrick, & Neuberger Museum of Art, 2010).

She was influenced by asthma and other socially isolating events to depend on books and herself. She became an artist for her to tell her story. She began making quilts when her mother passed on as a tribute to her.

The American people series portrays the American lifestyle about the civil rights movement and show the racial interactions from a womans point of view.

Faith Ringgold engaged herself in the traditional craft of quilt making which has roots in the slave culture and re- interrelated its function to tell stories of her life and those of others in the black community (Ringgold, 2016).

The listen to the trees artwork is very colorful and calls to mind animalistic metaphors to describe African American woman. It suggests women reclaim their animal instincts. Shows women completely content by herself.

The three chosen piece of art match by design of making. The artwork is all acrylic on canvas. The art shows the life of the African-American slaves. The works they did in the cotton fields. They match by technique and the story they share.

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The cards are placed face down on a surface. The cards are then flipped face up for each turn. The main thing is to flip over matching cards. If one of the players succeeds to match a pair, they get another chance and continue until; they fail. The key thing is to find the most matches



Ringgold, F. (2016). We came to America.

Ringgold, F., & Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, N.Y.). (1984). Faith Ringgold: Twenty years of painting, sculpture and performance (1963-1983). New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Ringgold, F., Wallace, M., Collins, T., Fitzpatrick, T., & Neuberger Museum of Art. (2010). American people, Black light: Faith Ringgold's paintings of the 1960s. Purchase, NY: Neuberger Museum of Art.

Listen to the Trees 1997 Acrylic on canvas; painted and pieced border 76 x80"

Private Collection The American Collection; #11

Born in a cotton field

Acrylic on canvas

The series The American collection

Wanted: Douglas, Tubman and Truth 1997 Acrylic on canvas; painted and pieced border 77 x 82.25"

Private Collection The American Collection; #10

Cotton Fields, Sunflowers, Blackbirds and Quilting Bees 1997 Acrylic on canvas; painted and pieced border 76.5 x 75.25

Private Collection The American Collection; #8


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