Faith Ringgold

Faena Art - Miami

Tell It Like It Is, 2019
Imagine series by BBC Documentary
Screening Room, FAENA HOTEL
Screening time: Thursday 5th, 5:30PM

Faith Ringgold: Tell it Like It Is, is a documentary made by the BBC as part of the art series Imagine created by Alan Yentov. The documentary explores Faith Ringgold’s life as an artist, an author and an activist; following her into her studio in New Jersey and into Harlem where she born to elucidate her extraordinary life and work. The camera follows Faith, who turned 90 in October, as she prepares for her show at the Serpentine Gallery in London, exploring and solidifying the legacy of an artist who has been a pioneer for over 6 decades had been widely overlooked in the art world, and who is now finally receiving the attention she deserves. Best known by her narrative quilts, Ringgold draws upon a wide range of visual and cultural sources, from the traditions of quilt-making and its position within the history of slavery to early European Modernism, to tankas – richly brocaded Tibetan paintings – and the graphic symbolism of African masks. Her use of craft, language and activism is evident in her quilts and paintings which are often beautiful and heartbreaking depictions of moments of political upheaval in our recent history. Her world renowned children’s books such as Tar Beach also function as allegorical explorations with symbolic and historical references central to African-American culture and the black experience in the United States.


Faith Ringgold is a painter, mixed media sculptor, teacher, lecturer and author of numerous award winning children’s books. Ringgold has consistently challenged perceptions of African American identity and gender inequality through the lenses of the feminist and the civil rights movements. As cultural assumptions and prejudices persist, her ground-breaking work retains its contemporary resonance.

She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in visual art from the City College of New York in 1955 and 1959. Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of California in San Diego, Ringgold has received 23 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. She is the recipient of more than 80 awards and honors including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; two National Endowment for the Arts Awards; The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and the Medal of Honor for Fine Arts from the National Arts Club.  In 2017 Faith was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Boston, MA.  Ringgold’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the United States including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Brooklyn Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem all in New York; and many more. Faith Ringgold was born 1930 in Harlem, New York. She lives and works in New Jersey.