On View Now: “The Art of Faith Ringgold”
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Location: 20 Puffin Way Teaneck, NJ
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The “Art of Faith Ringgold” is a selection of works by the world-renowned artist and activist Faith Ringgold on view at the Puffin Cultural Forum until April 28th, 2023. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Gallery Bergen’s “Coming to Jones Road” made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Puffin Foundation. The works on view at the Puffin Cultural Forum include some artwork from “Jones Road” but also includes examples of Ringgold’s work about jazz, the civil rights movement, and other aspects of American history and culture.
About the image: Photo credit Faith Ringgold/ACA Galleries
In this lithograph, eight powerful African American women from the past and present display a colorful quilt that is a communal symbol of their achievements. From upper left they are Madam Walker, Sojourner Truth, Ida Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Ella Baker. A ninth figure, on the lower left, is Willia Marie Simone, a fictional character created by the artist. Vincent van Gogh, well known for his paintings of sunflowers, stands to the right. (description courtesy of PhilaMuseum.org)
Photos from the opening event
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February 17, 2023
Andrew Lee, Director of Puffin Cultural Forum
“The Art of Faith Ringgold” Exhibition Opens at the Puffin Cultural Forum
Teaneck, NJ, Sunday, February 26, 4 p.m. – Selected works of world-renowned artist and activist Faith Ringgold are now on view at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ. The exhibition opening for “The Art of Faith Ringgold” is scheduled for Sunday, February 26th at 4 p.m. and will feature remarks by Neal Rosenstein, president of The Puffin Foundation, and Dorian Bergen, the president of American Contemporary Art Galleries which represents Faith Ringgold’s works. The event will also feature musical performances by The Dolly Workman Project and spoken word performance by author and poet Scott Pleasants. The exhibit is open to the public and will remain up until April 28th, 2023. Reservations to the opening event can be made by email, , or by phone, 201-836-3499.
“The Art of Faith Ringgold” is presented in conjunction with Gallery Bergen’s exhibition “Faith Ringgold: Coming to Jones Road.” On view now until April 27, 2023 through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Puffin Foundation, the exhibition showcases original works of Faith Ringgold that respond to the experiences of racist hostility she and her family encountered when they first moved to Englewood in 1992. “I have tried to couple the beauty of this place with the harsh realities of its racist history to create a freedom series that turns all of the ugliness of spirit, past and present into something livable,” Faith Ringgold said about her work in “Jones Road.”
The exhibition on view at the Puffin Cultural Forum includes some of the works from “Jones Road” but also includes examples of Ringgold’s works about jazz, the civil rights movement, and other aspects of American history and culture. “The diverse selection of Faith Ringgold’s works on view at the Puffin allows us to get a sense of her artistic voice as she elucidates the pain and injustice of racism while also championing human dignity and positivity,“ said Andrew Lee, director of the Puffin Cultural Forum.
Neal Rosenstein stated, “It is a real honor to present the works of Faith Ringgold, whose life and art so perfectly illustrate both the power and the beauty of social justice movements.” The Puffin Cultural Forum has operated as an intimate performance and art space in Teaneck NJ for almost 25 years, bringing community programming that meets the Puffin Foundation’s governing motto: “…continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people.” Since its founding in 1983, The Puffin Foundation has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.
The exhibition opening is free and open to the public on Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m. Seat reservations can be made via email, or phone, 201-836-3499. The exhibit runs until April 28. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:30am to 4 p.m. The Puffin Cultural Forum is at 20 Puffin Way (off Teaneck Rd.) in Teaneck. For more information, visit www.PuffinCulturalForum.org.
The Puffin Cultural Forum is a project of The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. which, through the arts, encourages dialogue about issues important to the community. The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. underwrites this and all other Puffin Cultural Forum events and programs in order to make it possible for everyone to attend.
NOTE TO PRESS AND PHOTO EDITORS: This release and high resolution JPEGs and Image descriptions can be downloaded here. All images courtesy of ACA Galleries.