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Distinguished W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture: Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold has been a pioneering figure in American art for six decades. Born in Harlem in 1930, Ringgold has developed a wide-ranging practice that includes painting, sculpture, quilt-making, writing, and performance. Her poetic and politically engaged work is part of museum collections across the United States. Join us for an insightful contextual and conversational slide lecture spanning artist Faith Ringgold’s impressive career. From painting herself into the canon of art history to re-visioning the iconography of the American flag, Ringgold’s “super realism” has redefined American painting.

Faith Ringgold is a painter, mixed media sculptor, teacher, lecturer, and author of numerous award winning children’s books. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in visual art from City College of New York in 1955 and 1959. Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of California in San Diego, Ringgold has received 23 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. For the past sixty years, Ringgold has fought tirelessly against the mainstream by promoting racial and gender equality in her practice.

She is the recipient of more than eighty awards and honors including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and most recently the Medal of Honor for Fine Arts from the National Arts Club. In 2017, Ringgold was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Boston.

An introduction to the artist by Dr. Zoe Whitley, co-curator of Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (Tate Modern, July 12–October 22, 2017), was read by Kirsten Weiss.

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