Bringing together fifty years of work, this is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of Faith Ringgold’s groundbreaking vision. Featuring works from across Ringgold’s best-known series, this show tracks the development of her figurative style as it evolved to meet the urgency of political and social change. Throughout her career, Ringgold has drawn from personal and collective histories to both document her life and amplify the struggles for justice and equity. From creating some of the most indelible artworks of the civil rights era to challenging accepted hierarchies of art versus craft through her experimental story quilts, Ringgold has produced a body of work that bears witness to the complexity of the American experience. Long overdue, this retrospective provides a timely opportunity to engage with the art of an American icon.
For those who believe that artists can be activists, that their work can truly reach beyond small complacent audiences and instigate real social change, there is one patron saint: Faith Ringgold.
What consigned Ringgold to an outlier track half a century ago puts her front and center now.
Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Faith Ringgold: American People at the de Young museum, and directed by LeRon Lee, this film tells the story of Black artist and activist Faith Ringgold, who has dedicated her life and artistic practice to amplifying the struggle for justice and equity of Black people in the United States and particularly of Black women. Filmed in New York, New Jersey, and San Francisco, this documentary features first-person accounts by Faith Ringgold herself, friend and scholar Lisa Farrington, PhD, and friend and gallery owner Dorian Bergen.
Faith Ringgold: American Story
Faith Ringgold: American People is organized by the New Museum, New York.
Lead support for this exhibition has been provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Major support for this exhibition has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, Glenstone, and The Robert Lehman Foundation.
Support for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s presentation has been generously provided by
Deborah and Kenneth Novack
Additional Support is provided by Brook Hartzell and Tad Freese