The Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet Show Committee members have decided to widen the scope of the blog to include our musings on local history and textiles. Our show will be in one year, but you can follow along with us in the meantime. At this critical moment in our nation's history, it seems appropriate to start with a post about artist and activist, Faith Ringgold.
Artist Faith Ringgold has lived in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, since 1992. She describes herself as a painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor, and performance artist. Her mixed media sculpture includes quilts. "Tar Beach" (No. 1 from the "Women on a Bridge Series") was made in 1988 and is owned by the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Ringgold published a children's book, Tar Beach, illustrated with her quilts. Click here to see her reading the book. The New York Times has an article today, with an overview of her work, her activism, and her present thoughts. And here for Ringgold talking about her art and her activism.
Tar Beach, Guggenheim Museum
"Faith Ringgold Will Keep Fighting Back," New York Times, June 1, 2020