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On Faith: Artists on Faith Ringgold’s Influence

Cover Image:

Faith Ringgold, Matisse’s Model: The French Collection Part I, #5, 1991. Acrylic on canvas, printed and tie-dyed pieced fabric, ink, 73 ¼ x 79 ¾ in. (186.1 × 202.6 cm). Baltimore Museum of Art; Frederick R. Weisman Contemporary Art Acquisitions Endowment. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2021

In conjunction with the exhibition Faith Ringgold: American People,” artists Diedrick Brackens, Tomashi Jackson, and Tschabalala Self, come together to discuss how Faith Ringgold’s creative practice has impacted generations of artists. This artist panel will be moderated by writer, curator, and catalogue contributor LeRonn Brooks.

About the Speakers

Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX) is a weaver and poet who lives and works in Los Angeles. He constructs intricately woven textiles that speak to the complexities of Black and queer identities in the United States. Recent exhibitions include “heaven is a muddy riverbed” at the Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles, CA; “rhyming positions” at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY; and “ark of bulrushes” at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ. He was recipient of the 2018 Wein Prize, a 2019 recipient of the Marciano Foundation’s Artadia Award, and a 2021 USA Artists Fellow. He holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and a BFA in Fibers from University of North Texas, Denton.

LeRonn Brooks is the Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Brooks is a specialist in African American art, poetics, performance, and Africana Studies. His interviews, essays on African American art, and poems have been featured in Bomb Magazine, Callaloo Journal, and The International Review of African American Art. His works have also been published by the Aperture Foundation and in many exhibition calalogues: Witness: Themes of Social Justice in Contemporary Printmaking and Photography from the Collections of Jordan D.Schnitzer and His Family Foundation (2018), Hallie Ford Museum of Art; Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise (2018), the Mississippi Museum of Art; NARI WARD: G.O.A.T., AGAIN (2017), Socrates Sculpture Park; and Black Romantic: The Figurative in Contemporary African-American Art (2002), the Studio Museum in Harlem. He holds a PhD in Art History from City University of New York and a BFA from Hunter College.

Tomashi Jackson (b. 1980, Houston, TX) is a multimedia artist working across painting, video, textile, and sculpture based in Cambridge, MA and New York. Select solo exhibitions include “Brown II” at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2021); “The Land Claim” at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York (2021); “Love Rollercoaster” at The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2020); “Forever My Lady” at Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2020) and “Time Out of Mind” at Tilton Gallery, New York City (2019). Current group exhibitions include “Encounters: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection” (2022) at the Parrish Art Museum and “New Light: Encounters and Connections” (2022) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Recent awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptor’s Grant in 2020; Andy Warhol Foundation Grant Recipient for Support for a Single Exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum in 2019; Toby Devan Lewis Prize in 2016; Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship in 2015; and MIT Office of the Dean of Graduate Education in 2012. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union, a MS from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art.

Tshabalala Self (b. 1990, New York, NY) is a painter who lives and works in the New York tri-state area. Self is a Visiting Artist in Residence of Studio Arts at Bard College. Recent solo projects and shows include “Sounding Board” at the Performa 2021 Biennial, NYC; “Tschabalala Self: By My Self” at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Balitmore, MD; and “Tschabalala Self: Out of Body” at the ICA Boston, Boston, MA. Self has artworks in many public and private collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the New Museum. She holds a BA in Studio Arts from Bard College and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art.


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We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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