Ever since she was a child, the multifaceted American artist Faith Ringgold—painter, sculptor, performer—has been surrounded by creativity. Born in 1930 at Harlem Hospital, at the epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance, her neighborhood was quickly becoming a bastion for the arts and crafts. As a young woman Ringgold visited Paris and was enamored with the quilts in the Louvre. When she returned to America, she began to experiment with quilting, infusing the patchwork pieces with political comment and titling these new works the “French Collection.” Ringgold’s quilted narratives are figurative, striking, and filled with personal history. She is now 91, and this exhibition is the largest survey of her work to date. —E.C.
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