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We Flew over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold

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In We Flew over the Bridge, one of the country’s preeminent African American artists—and award-winning children’s book authors—shares the fascinating story of her life. Faith Ringgold’s artworks—startling “story quilts,” politically charged paintings, and more—hang in the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern A ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 11th 2005 by Duke University Press Books (first published 1995)
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Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book reminded me how much I enjoy artist's biographys and focused art histories. My only quibble was that it was organized both thematically and chronology, so it was slightly repetitive and hard to follow in places. My favorite chapters dealt with the questions "Is there a Black Art?" and "Is there a Woman's Art?"
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
1995 This felt like Ringgold was really baring her soul as much as she could. Sharing all she could of what her family meant and means to her, all she went through to find her own directions in life, the struggles to get recognition for her artistic efforts, the rocky road of relationships. She is unusually candid about her relationship with her two daughters -- she raised them to be independent and so inevitable there were and are strains. Ringgold's mother was an equally strong personality and ...more
Martin Geiger
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this up by chance, never having heard of Faith Ringgold, and I'm so glad I did. I found it both a lovely introduction to her incredibly varied art - everything from painting to dolls to performance art to "story-quilts" - and a compelling record of her life as a black woman and an artist whose life bridges the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Clear accounts of her extraordinary mother, her difficult relationship with her daughters, and her attempts to create a ...more
Cara Byrne
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Ringgold's autobiography, as it provides a detailed examination of her life, complete with pictures and photographs of her family and her artwork. I agree with other readers that the strongest chapters (for me) were when she discussed the black arts movement and her discussion of what it means to be a black woman artist during the twentieth century. I also love how she described her composition of children's books. In describing African American children's literature, she states: “Thes ...more
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really love the work of Faith Ringgold and making African American history available to kids
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