“Faith Ringgold on Finding Artistic Inspiration and Fighting Invisibility”

By January 19, 2019 News

With decades of politically charged work to her credit, Ringgold refuses to be invisible.

“You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.” Those are words to live by from artist, writer, activist and teacher Faith Ringgold, who embraces that ethos and is going strong at age 88.

NextTribe was fortunate enough to have an exclusive interview with her while she’s having what one might call “a moment.” This fall, many previously unseen works from the 1970s were shown at the ACA Galleries in Chelsea, Manhattan, demonstrating why she was both an innovator and an instigator.

On view is the clear interrelationship between Ringgold’s personal narrative, her political engagement, and her role in both the African-American and feminist movements. In addition to the gallery installation, Ringgold is represented in several top traveling shows including, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (1963-1983). Upcoming in 2019 is the traveling exhibition organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, ONE THING: VIET-NAM, Art and America’s War, 1965 to 1975.


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