We Flew over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold
We Flew over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold

We Flew over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold

by Faith Ringgold

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In We Flew over the Bridge, one of the country’s preeminent African American artists—and award-winning children’s book authors—shares the fascinating story of her life. Faith Ringgold’s artworks—startling “story quilts,” politically charged paintings, and more—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 children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach, have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But Ringgold’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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822386797
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 10/22/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 134 MB
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About the Author

Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930. She began painting more than forty years ago, and has exhibited in museums in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to Tar Beach, the children’s books she has written and illustrated include Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky, If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks, and My Dream of Martin Luther King. Ringgold has received more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including seventeen honorary doctorates. She lives in Englewood, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
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

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