Faith Ringgold Celebration

Faith Ringgold painting of four people in blue, gold and red rectangles

Faith Ringgold, Black Light Series #12: Party Time (detail), 1969. Oil on canvas, 59 3/4 × 84 in. (151.8 × 213.4 cm). Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2022

We are pleased to welcome you — museum members, donors, and the general public — to the Faith Ringgold Celebration on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Festivities include a panel discussion, poetry, and live music. See the schedule of events below for more details.

Schedule of events

  • Poetry, music, and a writing workshop with The Last Hoisan Poets and special guests

    1 – 2 pm \ Poetry performance \ Koret Auditorium
    3 – 4:30 pm \ Writing workshop \ Kimball Education Gallery

    Hear poetry by The Last Hoisan Poets and special guests Tongo Eisen-Martin (San Francisco Poet Laureate) and Tshaka Campbell (Santa Clara Poet Laureate), informed by works in the exhibition Faith Ringgold: American People. The performance features harp music by Destiny Muhammad. A drop-in writing workshop with the poets will follow. Learn more.

    Last Hosian Poets

    Nellie Wong, Flo Oy Wong, and Genny Lim (from left to right). Image courtesy of The Last Hoisan Poets

  • Echoes of practice: Bay Area artists on Faith Ringgold

    4 – 5 pm \ Koret Auditorium

    Listen to a panel that brings together artists Angela Hennessy, Hannah Waiters, and Mattie Loyce to discuss the lasting impact of Ringgold’s creative and community work, moderated by Devin Malone, director of public programs and community engagement at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis an hour before the start of the program. Learn more.

    Faith Ringgold self portrait

    Faith Ringgold, Early Works #25: Self-Portrait (detail), 1965. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler, 2013.96. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2022

  • Live jazz with Melba’s Kitchen

    5 – 8 pm \ Wilsey Court

    Enjoy an expanded program of swingin’ Harlem-influenced jazz from Melba’s Kitchen — the all-women big band celebrating Black women musical geniuses Melba Liston, Mary Lou Williams, and their friends. The dance floor will open up as the evening progresses. Do not miss this atmosphere of kindness, joy, political action and fun! Connect with Melba’s Kitchen by Facebook or email.

    Melba's Kitchen jazz big bad

    Photo credit: Tim Burgess

  • Drinks + food

    2 – 4:30 pm \ Uhuru Pies pop-up \ Osher Sculpture Garden
    5:30 – 8 pm \ Uhuru Pies and cash bar \ Wilsey Court

    Complimentary treats will be provided on a first-come first-served basis courtesy of Uhuru Pies.

    Uhuru pies with crust in the shape of Africa

    Image courtesy of Uhuru pies

Ticket info

Admission to the Faith Ringgold Celebration is free. Advance tickets are recommended to ensure access to the permanent collections and special exhibitions, including Faith Ringgold: American People

Every Saturday, we offer free general admission to all residents of the six Bay Area counties. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries. Additional fees apply for Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs.

Starting at 5 pm, we will be offering free general admission to all. Please note that the special exhibition Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs will not be open in the evening.

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