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Church Picnic Story Quilt

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Church Picnic Story Quilt

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Faith Ringgold
American, born 1930

Date

1988

Medium

Tie-dyed, printed fabrics and acrylic on cotton canvas

Accession #

1988.28

Dimensions

74 1/2 x 75 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Faith Ringgold tells the often bittersweet history of daily life in Black America from a personal and feminist perspective, combining traditions of storytelling and quilt-making in her painted “story quilts.” In Church Picnic Story Quilt, quilting represents an intergenerational activity shared by Ringgold’s mother and grandmother, reflecting their strong familial bonds. This piece was commissioned for the High Museum of Art, with its story set in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park in 1909, a year of unprecedented growth in the city and, in the artist’s mind, a time of optimism and renewed community for African Americans in the South.

Credit

Gift of Don and Jill Childress through the 20th-Century Art Acquisition Fund

Image Copyright

Faith Ringgold © 1988


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