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AMERICAN PEOPLE, BLACK LIGHT:
FAITH RINGGOLD'S PAINTINGS OF THE 1960s
 
September 11-December 19, 2010 
Today, 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.
 
On the occasion of Ringgold’s 80th birthday, the Neuberger Museum of Art has organized the first comprehensive survey of these paintings.
 
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.
 
 
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Below hear Faith Ringgold and curator Tracy Fitzpatrick
discuss the history of the artist's painting For the Women's House
created for the Riker's Island Correctional Facility, how it was
rescued from destruction, and its subsequent release from
prison for this exhibition.
 
 
 
 
• • • 
Support for educational programs associated with this
exhibition provided by The JPMorgan Chase Foundation. 
 
Exhibition support provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. 
 
• • • 
American People, Black Light is accompanied by a
fully illustrated color catalogue.  
 
The exhibition is curated by former Neuberger Museum
Director Thom Collins and Neuberger Museum Curator and
Purchase College Associate Professor Tracy Fitzpatrick,
with students from the Spring 2010 Purchase College Art
History department’s Exhibition Seminar.
 
• • •
Press
The New York Times, Holland Cotter, 12/10/10
The New York Times, Martha Schwendener, 10/15/10
 
Above:
Faith Ringgold
American People Series #18: The Flag Is Bleeding, 1967
Oil on canvas, 72 x 96 inches
Collection of the artist
© Faith Ringgold, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York

  
 
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