Oral history interview with Faith Ringgold, 1989 September 6-October 18

Ringgold, Faith , b. 1930
Painter, Sculptor, Performance artist
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 349 pages.
15 sound files (10 hr., 49 min.) digital

Format: Originally recorded on 8 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 15 digital wav files. Duration is 10 hr., 50 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Faith Ringgold conducted 1989 September 6-October 18, by Cynthia Nadelman, for the Archives of American Art.

Ringgold discusses Harlem from the 1930s through the 1970s; her background and education; her art and political activities; feminism; the evolution of her work; her paintings, soft sculpture constructions, quilts, and performance pieces. She recalls Robert Gwathmey, Tom Lloyd, Robert Morris, Marcia Tucker, Lucy Lippard, her mother, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Faith Ringgold (1930- ) is an Afro-American painter, sculptor, and performance artist from New York, N.Y.

This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators. Funding for this interview provided by the Lannan Foundation.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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  • A transcript of this interview appears below.
  • Transcript: microfilm reel 4779 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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Interview Transcript

This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Faith Ringgold, 1989 September 6-October 18, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Note: This typewritten transcript was scanned and run through optical character recognition software (OCR). However, the resulting OCR text has not been reviewed or edited for accuracy.



This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Faith Ringgold, 1989 September 6-October 18, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.