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

Ringgold, Faith, 1930-

Painter, Performance artist, Sculptor


Collection Information

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

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

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.

Language Note

English .


Funding for this interview was 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.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4779 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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.