Faith Ringgold and the Connection Between Activism and Art


At a sold-out event at the Brooklyn Museum, Faith Ringgold spoke about her life and career as a civil rights activist and artist. Ringgold played a defining role in fighting for New York museums to feature African American artists in the 1960s. She not only made posters for the Black Panthers but was one of the first to protest the Metropolitan Museum of Art for excluding black artists. Her work explores themes of race, identity, and violence against African Americans. Two of her artworks are now on display at the Brooklyn Museum’s retrospective, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.”

For Further Reading:

Explore Faith Ringgold’s work and read more about how the content of her art interacts with the mediums she chooses.

Discussion Question:

Ringgold’s protests prove how impactful one can be in the art industry. What are issues today in the art world that you think need to be addressed?

Action Item:

Explore different perspectives on inclusion in art with people you know. Ask them if they think the art industry is taking greater strides in featuring minorities or if there is still a long way to go.  

Read more on The Cut | Image: Ringgold’s The Flag is Bleeding, 1967, pictured at right in the Brooklyn Museum’s “Soul of a Nation” exhibit. Photo: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum