Miami Art Museum Opens American People Black Light. Faith Ringgold Paintings Exhibition

Miami Art Museum presents American People Black Light. Faith Ringgold’s paintings of the 1960s an exhibition on view November 6, 2011 – January 1, 2012.


Faith Ringgold, American People #20 Die, 1967. Oil on canvas, 72 x 144 inches. Courtesy of Faith Ringgold and ACA Galleries, New York © Faith Ringgold 1967. Photo courtesy ACA Galleries, New York.

Faith Ringgold is well known as the progenitor of the African American story quilt revival that began in the late 1970s. The once influential paintings she created during the previous decade, with only a few notable exceptions, disappeared from view, omitted from critical, art historical discourse for more than forty years. This is the first comprehensive survey of these paintings, organized on the occasion of Ringgold’s 80th birthday. The exhibition will include the landmark series American People (1963-1967) and Black Light (1967-1971), along with related murals and political posters. Taken together, these works represent an unprecedented artistic exploration of the intersections of race, gender and class, made in direct response to the social upheavals of the 1960s.

American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Painting of the 1960s was curated by Miami Art Museum Director Thom Collins and Neuberger Museum of Art Curator and Purchase College Associate Professor of Art History Tracy Fitzpatrick with students from the Purchase College, SUNY, spring 2010 Art History Exhibition Seminar.

Exhibition support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

The Miami presentation is supported by donations to MAM’s annual exhibition fund. – www.miamiartmuseum.org

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