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We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold

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In We Flew over the Bridge, one of the countryandrsquo;s preeminent African American artistsandmdash;and award-winning childrenandrsquo;s book authorsandmdash;shares the fascinating story of her life. Faith Ringgoldandrsquo;s artworksandmdash;startling andldquo;story quilts,andrdquo; politically charged paintings, and moreandmdash;hang in the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and other major museums around the world, as well as in the private collections of Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, and Oprah Winfrey. Her childrenandrsquo;s books, including the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach, have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But Ringgoldandrsquo;s path to success has not been easy. In this gorgeously illustrated memoir, she looks back and shares the story of her struggles, growth, and triumphs. Ringgold recollects how she had to surmount a wall of prejudices as she worked to refine her artistic vision and raise a family. At the same time, the story she tells is one of warm family memories and sustaining friendships, community involvement, and hope for the future.

Synopsis:

Paperback reprint of a book published by Little, Brown in 1995. African American artist Faith Ringgold narrates the events of her life from her childhood in 1930s Harlem to her stellar careers as both a best-selling children’s writer and well-respec

Synopsis:

One of the country's preeminent African-American artists and an award-winning children's book author shares the fascinating story of her life as she looks back on her struggles, growth, and triumphs in this gorgeously illustrated work. (Memoir)

About the Author

“Bridging is the major motif of Ringgold’s life. . . . She is a bridge between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. She is a bridge between her mother’s applied art of fashion design and her own fine art of painting and story quilts. She is a bridge between the black power movement and the women’s movement. And she is a bridge between the abstract art that dominated the ‘60s and the issue-oriented art that connected with viewers’ hearts—and lives.”—Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Faith Ringgold has already won my heart as an artist, as a woman, as an African American, and now with her entry into the world of autobiography (where I dwell), she has taken my heart again. She writes so beautifully.”—Maya Angelou
“Faith Ringgold has created a rich and highly informative work not only of her own life as an American in general but as an African American in particular. These memoirs are a part of American history—of what it means to be an artist, a writer, and a philosopher in our society.”—Jacob Lawrence
“Faith Ringgold’s exuberant and original art has made her one of America’s more important artists and a feminist heroine. Now her wonderfully honest memoirs will resonate with all political and creative women who are still fighting the battles Ringgold has won.”—Lucy Lippard, author of The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Essays on Feminist Art
“In words that are as direct, honest, full of color and life as her paintings, Ringgold gives each reader the greatest gift of all—courage to be one’s own unique and universal self.”—Gloria Steinem
“The story of Ringgold’s triumph—achieved through sheer determination, savvy, and self-conviction—is both accessible and inspiring.”—Lowery Stokes Sims, executive director, the Studio Museum in Harlem

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Harlem Born and Bred

1. From the Cradle to the Classroom in the 1930s 3

2. Growing Up on Sugar Hill in the 1940s 25

Part II: Men, Marriage, and Motherhood

3. Men and Marriage in the 1950s and 1960s 39

4. My Mother Was Perfect, or So She Said 67

5. Parental Politics: My Daughters and Me 81

Color Plates 97

Part III: Making Art, Making Waves, and Making Money

6. A European Trip Ends with a Death in the Family 131

7. The 1960s: Is There a Black Art? 143

8. The End of the 1960s: Out of the Studio and into the Streets 165

9. The 1970s: Is There a Women's Art? 173

10. Teaching Art: Those Who Can Should 217

11. We Flew over the Bridge: Performance Art, Story Quilts, and Tar Beach 237

Appendix: Matisse's Chapel 273

Faith Ringgold Chronology 275

Public and Private Collections 283

Index 285

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822335641
Author:
Ringgold, Faith
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Ringgold
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Ringgold, Faith
Subject:
African American women artists
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color illus., 101 b&w illus.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.06x7.62x.66 in. 1.37 lbs.

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