Book Club Meets at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 15 at the Albany Museum of Art
We Flew over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold shares the story of the fascinating life of one of the country’s preeminent artists and an and award-winning children’s book author. Born in Harlem, N.Y., in 1930, she is a painter, mixed-media sculptor, performance artist, writer, and lecturer.
The path to success for Ringgold, now a professor emeritus of art at the University of California in San Diego, has not been an easy one. In her illustrated memoir, she looks back and shares the story of her struggles, growth and triumphs. She recalls how, as an African-American artist, she had to overcome a wall of prejudices as she refined her artistic vision and raised her family. It is a story full of warm family memories and sustaining friendships, community involvement, and hope for the future.
Ringgold, who has an M.A. in Visual Art from the City College of New York, was initially inspired by African art in the 1960s, and began making tankas, soft sculptures and masks in the 1970s. In the late 1970s, she traveled to Nigeria and Ghana to see the rich tradition of masks that have continued to be the greatest influence on her work. In the 1980s, she extended her work with tankas to create paintings using the quilt medium.
Ringgold’s artworks, which include story quilts and politically charged paintings, are found 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 and Oprah Winfrey.
Her children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach, have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Tar Beach, published in 1991, won more than 20 awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award for best-illustrated children’s book. She followed it up in 1992 with Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky, and in 1993 with Dinner at Aunt Connie’s. We Flew Over the Bridge, her first book for an adult audience, was published in 1995. To date, she has illustrated 17 children’s books. Her most recent books are Harlem Renaissance Party (2015) and We Came to America (2016).
The final meeting in the third season of the Art Lovers Book Club will be May 17 when the club discusses A Piece of the World, a novel by Christina Baker Kline.
- The Way of Life, Works by Ray Pierotti is in the Haley Gallery Jan 20 -April 23, 2022.
- Prismatic, Works by Melissa Huang is in the East Gallery Jan 20 -April 23, 2022.
- Ordo naturalis, Works by Eric Mack is in the McCormack Gallery Jan 20 -April 23, 2022.
- African Artifacts of Spirituality and Identity is in the Hodges Gallery Jan 20 -April 23, 2022.
- Escape Plan, installation by Elinor Saragoussi, is in the West Gallery.