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We Flew over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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?" ...more
Shawn Callon
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This autobiography relates Faith Ringgold's upbringing in Harlem, NY and her development as an artist famous for her wide variety of creative media - posters, tankas, soft sculpture, dolls, live performances, story quilts and writing.
Her home life as a child was fairly strict. She married a jazz musician, Earl, when she was very young and gave birth to two girls in her first year of marriage. Their marriage was rocky and she left him due to his drug problem in 1954. She began teaching art in 195
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
I knew Faith Ringgold primarily as the author and illustrator of Tar Beach, the Newbery Award-winning children's book that is composed of quilt scenes from the of a family in Harlem. I read it as a kid myself and to my own children, and never really understood it, except vaguely as something to be admired, but not silly or approachable like so many of the other picture books that we read and reread. But recently, I've started reading more and more about folk art and quilting, seeing it taken ser ...more
Georgia Rucker
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Moving and illuminating. Faith Ringgold's story of her life in Harlem as an artist from the 30s through present day (with some stints elsewhere). Really visual details, accompanied by photos and artwork... so-so writing that maybe coulda used some editing. But hey - it's a memoir! And really tells the hard truth about how hard it is to make it as a female, and Black, artist. ...more
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
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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