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Art Is Political: My Personal Tribute to Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, whose quilts brought new life to the Black American experience, passed away on April 12th, 2024, at age 93. 

She was born Faith Willi Jones in 1930 in Harlem, New York—her identity as a New Yorker seeps through in her work. As a child of the Harlem Renaissance, she was exposed to the legendary arts and music creatives, such as jazz singer Dinah Washington and Duke Ellington.read more.

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Every Fiber of Bisa Butler’s Being

Today is the anniversary of the opening of the Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibition, so we’re celebrating its namesake and creator, Bisa Butler!

Bisa Butler is an American artist, known for her vibrant quilts which are so detailed that they look like paintings. Her work primarily consists of brightly colored portraits of Black individuals, from monumental historical figures to unknown, everyday people.read more.

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Faith Ringgold’s Work Weaves Activism with Artistry

Happy birthday, Faith Ringgold! Today we are celebrating this multimedia artists’ activism. 

Faith Ringgold practices many mediums of art including painting, sculptures, performance art and even children’s books. She is perhaps best known for her quilts, which bring racial justice and gender equality into their vibrant and intricate designs.read more.

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Bisa Butler: In Her Massive Quilts, Look for the Details

Back in the spring of 2020 – during the height of COVID craziness – a friend told me I must see the show “Bisa Butler: Portraits” at the Katonah Museum of Art, so I went. I was a bit nervous about it, but fidgety and feeling cooped up, I traveled north from Manhattan to Westchester County (NY). That was the start of my infatuation with Bisa Butler’s extraordinary art.… read more.

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