Faith Ringgold at the Musée Picasso in Paris

Faith Ringgold is one of those people that wants to change the world.
She once said, “Art is my voice." Clearly, her ideas and messages are impactful. With the support of the New Museum of New York, ACA gallery, and the Ford Foundation, for the first time in France, the Picasso Museum is paying tribute to Faith Ringgold with a retrospective exhibition currently showing in Paris through July 2, 2023.

Born in New York City in Harlem in 1930 Faith Ringgold received a Bachelor of Sciences and a master’s degree in visual arts from the City College of New York.
A painter, performance artist, mixed media sculptor, writer, teacher, and lecturer Ringgold always knew she wanted to make art and contribute to her community.

Her first series of political paintings “The American People Series”, was created in the 1960s, after a trip to Europe. Her very first solo exhibitions were presented at the Spectrum Gallery in New York. Her art was inspired by the African art of the 1960s and in the late 1970s, travels to Nigeria and Ghana led her to discover the rich tradition of masks, which is her greatest influence.

A woman of Character Represented Worldwide

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As a feminist, committed to “Black Lives Matter”, Faith Ringgold used her artistic vision to transfer her values and the perception of life. Her works are exhibited all over the world, including the MoMA in New York City, and have earned her 80 awards. Now in Paris, her exhibition allows French people to discover an artistic vision of a black feminist American woman.
When the fight goes beyond America’s borders to France
Faith Ringgold said "The question was simply how to be black in America. There was no way to escape what was going on at this time (in the 1960s); you had to take a stand one way or another because there was no way to ignore the situation: everything was either black, or white, and in a clear-cut way.” A statement that gives us more of an understanding of what inspires her works of art.

Six events on Faith Ringgold hosted at the Picasso Museum:

  • Wednesday 8 March, Meeting-debate and concert: Around this question - “Art is it committed?”.
  • Tuesday April 18th, Meeting-debate and concert: Around the subject of the aestheticization of violence and art-reality.
  • Wednesday May 16th, Meeting-debate and concert: Around the subject of the textile dimension of Faith Ringgold's work and the notion of narrative and autofiction conveyed by the practice of quilting.
  • Saturday June 3rd, special day follows white night: Concert and workshop with Radio Nova.
  • Wednesday June 13th, Meeting-debat: With Elvan Zabunyan, art historian, professor at the University of Rennes 2 and art critic. She will propose to recontextualize the work of Faith Ringgold's in relation to the political and social history of the United States.
  • Wednesday June 27th, Meeting-debate and concert, Around movie “The sound beyond the fury”

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