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