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Flying Free: The Audacious Work of Faith Ringgold

9/17/2022 Saturday Lecture with Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Faith Ringgold, Woman on a Bridge #1 of 5: Tar Beach, 1988.


Saturday, 9/17/22 10am PT

Presented In-Person *and* Virtually via Zoom

Koret Auditorium, de Young museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

In-Person Tickets: Free!

Virtual Tickets (Zoom): Free to TAC Members, $5 Members of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Students; $10 General Admission

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Zoom link will be mailed to all TAC members


From the rooftops of Harlem to the Louvre in Paris, Faith Ringgold’s work, including her innovative narrative quilts, embodies powerful and instructive narratives about labor, love, life and the notion of radical imagination. Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Director and CEO of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will discuss how Ringgold’s approach to visual storytelling functions as a form of social, personal and collective liberation.

Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the Director and Chief Executive Officer, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Curator, author, educator, administrator, and public advocate for reimagining the role of art museums in society. Jackson-Dumont has served as Director and Chief Executive Officer of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art since January 2020. She oversees all curatorial, educational, public, and operational affairs for the fast-developing institution, including realization of the currently under construction 11-acre campus in Los Angeles, which includes a nearly 300,000-square-foot museum building and an expansive new park.

Throughout her roles with some of the country’s most renowned museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and now the Lucas Museum, she has collaborated extensively with living artists, communities, creatives, and historical materials. Her work catalyzes the presence of increasingly dynamic and diverse audiences in cultural spaces while exploring issues of relevance.


The exhibition Faith Ringgold: American People is currently on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco through 11/27/22.

Bringing together fifty years of work, it is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of Faith Ringgold’s groundbreaking vision. Featuring works from across Ringgold’s best-known series, this show tracks the development of her figurative style as it evolved to meet the urgency of political and social change. Throughout her career, Ringgold has drawn from personal and collective histories to both document her life and amplify the struggles for justice and equity. From creating some of the most indelible artworks of the civil rights era to challenging accepted hierarchies of art versus craft through her experimental story quilts, Ringgold has produced a body of work that bears witness to the complexity of the American experience.

Image Credits:

1. Faith Ringgold, Woman on a Bridge #1 of 5: Tar Beach, 1988. Acrylic paint, canvas, printed fabric, ink, and thread, 74 5/8 x 68 ½ in. (189.5 x 174 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Gift Mr. and Mrs. Gus and Judith Leiber, 88.3620. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2022.

2. Speaker Photo: courtesy of Sandra Jackson-Dumont.

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