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Faith Ringgold
American, 1930 -

Seven Passages to a Flight, 1995
American Textiles
Cotton, nylon and monofilament thread
51 x 43 in. (129.5 x 109.2 cm), without frame

Marion Stratton Gould Fund,  96.92.1

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About the Object

Ringgold, an African American woman who grew up in Harlem, made her first "story quilt" in 1983 in memory of her mother.  The quilts were a way to honor her mother, who taught her to sew and to appreciate art and who had collaborated with Ringgold on many art projects.  Generations of women in Ringgold's family - back as far as her great-great-grandmother, who was a slave - made quilts.   An autobiographical quilt, Seven Passages to a Flight tells the story of Ringgold's life while also telling a larger story of race and gender issues.

Gallery label, 5/27/10

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See the companion book: Seven Passages to a Flight, 96.92.2