As aspect of their primary brief movie collection “FAMSF Presents”, the Great Arts Museums of San Francisco are delighted to share their most recent short documentary “Faith Ringgold: American Tale.”
Made on the event of the exhibition Faith Ringgold: American Men and women (de Young museum, through November 27, 2022), and directed by LeRon Lee, this movie tells the tale of Black artist and activist Faith Ringgold, who has devoted her everyday living and artistic practice to amplify the struggle for justice and equity of black folks in the United States and especially of black ladies. Filmed in New York, New Jersey and San Francisco, this documentary capabilities first particular person accounts by Religion Ringgold herself, mate and scholar Lisa Farrington, PhD and buddy and gallery operator Dorian Bergen.
“I was to start with launched to Ringgold’s function as an artwork significant at Newark, New Jersey’s Arts Significant Faculty, the first artwork university in the United States,” director LeRon Lee notes. “As a youth, I discovered her use of mediums to be vividly unique and timeless. Her artwork was a section of one particular of the first displays that I keep in mind viewing as an art scholar. I was taken by the depth across her story quilts. primarily from her piece, Church Picnic. This influenced me to emulate her work by building a thangka and mandala of my own which was showcased in the Newark Museum and however hangs in my mother’s eating home till this day. She is not only a female that I have analyzed, I genuinely admired her operate. As a storyteller these days, this film is a total circle moment and I am totally honored to explain to this story. This expertise remaining me deeply motivated as I acquired an advanced knowing of her artwork from her historical past, method, and strategy. It was important to tackle this piece recollecting Faith’s life practical experience and her identity which are all pooled into her operate. At this point in her occupation, I was enthusiastic to emphasize her as a trailblazer and honor her legacy.”
Read our interview with curator Janna Keegan on Religion Ringgold.