Opening Reception for American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s 11/5/11

Opening Reception for “American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s”
11-05-2011, 6-9pm
Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130
www.miamiartmuseum.org
MAM members free, non-members $20

Today, Faith Ringgold is well known as the progenitor of the African American story quilt revival that began in the late 1970s. The once influential paintings she created during the previous decade, with only a few notable exceptions, disappeared from view, omitted from critical, art historical discourse for more than 40 years. This is the first comprehensive survey of these paintings, organized on the occasion of Ringgold’s 80th birthday. The exhibition will include the landmark series “American People” (1963-1967) and “Black Light” (1967-1971), along with related murals and political posters.

In partnership with Overtown Music Project, Bobby Stringer, who launched his international career from Overtown’s Cotton Club 40+ years ago when the area was known as the “Harlem of the South,” will perform at the opening reception with the Special Touch Band. Hors d’oeuvres and open donation bar. For event details contact events@miamiartmuseum.org.

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