The Bette Spriestersbach Distinguished Lecture: Faith Ringgold "More Than 60 Years"

  • 7:00 PM

240 Art Building West
141 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City

With political imagery from her American People series and a firsthand account of the 1960s civil rights movement, Faith Ringgold will begin a lecture that surveys her long and active life in the arts and politics. Through an evolving body of work that includes more than seven hundred paintings, Ringgold illustrates the inspiring, often humorous, always very personal story of her work as artist, activist, author, teacher, and parent. She will also show images from others of her series, including Women on a Bridge (1988), French Collection (1991), American Collection (1997), and Coming to Jones Road (2000).

Ringgold’s oil paintings of the 1960s, as well as her participation in the protests, events, happenings, and exhibitions of the sixties and seventies, took a stand for freedom of speech and equality, as she broke ground and opened (museum) doors for artists of color and for women. Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts and her illustrated children’s books. Her first book, Tar Beach, was a Caldecott Honor Book and won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, among numerous other honors.

Ringgold has illustrated sixteen children’s books, including thirteen she wrote herself. Her newest book, We Came to America, was released in May 2016, following Harlem Renaissance Party of 2015. She has exhibited in major museums in the USA, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Her work is in the permanent collection of many museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Ringgold has received more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards (for painting and sculpture), and twenty-three honorary doctorates, one of which is from her alma mater, City College of New York. Ringgold is professor emerita of the University of California–San Diego, and is represented by ACA Galleries in New York City.

Cost: Free


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