Press Release For Immediate Release 

Event Date: June 21–November 10, 2013

 

Faith Ringgold's 1960s Civil Rights and Feminist Paintings in D.C. Exhibition

 

The exhibition explores the emotional and at times contentious issues that were at the forefront of her experience of racial inequality in the United States during the 1960s.

 

Faith Ringgold, Early Works #25: Self­-Portrait1965, Oil on canvas, On loan from Elizabeth A. Sackler, © Faith Ringgold 1965, Photo: Jim Frank

 

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2013) - Faith Ringgold’s powerful, provocative paintings of the 1960s are the focus of American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s, an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) on view in Washington, D.C. June 21–November 10, 2013. The exhibition explores the emotional and at times contentious issues that were at the forefront of her experience of racial inequality in the United States during the 1960s. Ringgold (b. 1930) created bold paintings in direct response to the Civil Rights and feminist movements. With only a few exceptions, these once influential paintings disappeared from view, omitted from critical art-historical discourse for more than 40 years. The exhibition includes 49 works from the landmark series "American People"  (1963–67) and "Black Light" (1967–71), along with murals and political posters.
 
“In this important anniversary year for the Civil Right movement, NMWA is proud to show these little known but important early paintings by Faith Ringgold. This engaging and challenging exhibition reflects the depth of Ringgold’s work and the compelling issues she addresses,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “Art and activism in the 1960s broadened opportunities within the art world for women artists, a goal that we continue to strive for at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.”
 
This exhibition offers clear insight into a critical moment in the history of the United States as well as the powerful experience of an African American artist making her way at this time.

 

Web: http://nmwa.org/exhibitions/american-people-black-light

 

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Faith Ringgold's 1960s Civil Rights and Feminist Paintings in D.C. Exhibition

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2013) - Faith Ringgold’s powerful, provocative paintings of the 1960s are the focus of American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s, an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) on view in Washington, D.C. June 21–November 10, 2013. The exhibition explores the emotional and at times contentious issues that were at the forefront of her experience of racial inequality in the United States during the 1960s. Ringgold (b. 1930) created bold paintings in direct response to the Civil Rights and feminist movements. With only a few exceptions, these once influential paintings disappeared from view, omitted from critical art-historical discourse for more than 40 years. The exhibition includes 49 works from the landmark series "American People" (1963–67) and "Black Light" (1967–71), along with murals and political posters. “In this important anniversary year for the Civil Rights movement, NMWA is proud to show these little known but important early paintings by Faith Ringgold. This engaging and challenging exhibition reflects the depth of Ringgold’s work and the compelling issues she addresses,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. This exhibition offers clear insight into a critical moment in the history of the United States as well as the powerful experience of an African American artist making her way at this time.   Web: http://nmwa.org/exhibitions/american-people-black-light

 
Media Contact: Amy Mannarino, Email: media@nmwa.org, Phone: (202) 783-7373