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Faith Ringgold, ‘Echoes of Harlem’, 1980, The Studio Museum in Harlem
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Faith Ringgold

Echoes of Harlem, 1980

Paint on cotton
89 1/2 × 80 1/2 in
227.3 × 204.5 cm
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The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of Altria Group, Inc. Photo: Marc Bernier
Faith Ringgold
American, b. 1930
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A fervent civil rights and gender equality activist, Faith Ringgold has produced an inherently political oeuvre. In the early 1970s, she abandoned traditional oils for painting in acrylic on unstretched canvas with fabric borders, a technique evoking Tibetan thangkas (silk paintings with embroidery). The painted narrative quilts for which Ringgold is best known grew out of these early paintings, and denounce racism and discrimination with their subject matter. Combining quilt making, genre painting, and story telling through images and hand-written texts, the series “The American Collection” (1997) endeavors to rewrite African American art history, emphasizing the importance of family, roots, and artistic collaboration. In addition to demonstrating against the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney over what she perceives to be their exclusion of black and female artists, Ringgold has co-founded groups to support these demographics.

Faith Ringgold, ‘Echoes of Harlem’, 1980, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Faith Ringgold, ‘Echoes of Harlem’, 1980, The Studio Museum in Harlem
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About the work
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Painting
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The Studio Museum in Harlem; Gift of Altria Group, Inc. Photo: Marc Bernier
Faith Ringgold
American, b. 1930
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A fervent civil rights and gender equality activist, Faith Ringgold has produced an inherently political oeuvre. In the early 1970s, she abandoned traditional oils for painting in acrylic on unstretched canvas with fabric borders, a technique evoking Tibetan thangkas (silk paintings with embroidery). The painted narrative quilts for which Ringgold is best known grew out of these early paintings, and denounce racism and discrimination with their subject matter. Combining quilt making, genre painting, and story telling through images and hand-written texts, the series “The American Collection” (1997) endeavors to rewrite African American art history, emphasizing the importance of family, roots, and artistic collaboration. In addition to demonstrating against the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney over what she perceives to be their exclusion of black and female artists, Ringgold has co-founded groups to support these demographics.

Faith Ringgold

Echoes of Harlem, 1980

Paint on cotton
89 1/2 × 80 1/2 in
227.3 × 204.5 cm
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