The New Museum presents New York’s first full retrospective of the art of Faith Ringgold. Bringing together over sixty years of work, Faith Ringgold: American People provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of Ringgold’s impactful vision. Artist, author, educator, and organizer, Faith Ringgold links the multi-disciplinary achievements of the Harlem Renaissance to the political art of young Black artists working today. During the 1960s, Ringgold created some of the most indelible art of the civil rights era, melding her own unique style of figurative painting with a bold, transformative approach to the language of protest. In subsequent decades, she challenged accepted hierarchies of art and craft through her experimental quilt paintings and undertook a deeply studied reimagining of art history, producing narratives that bear witness to the historical sacrifices and achievements of Black Americans.
Philip Johnson commissioned Warhol to make a large-scale work for the exterior for his pavilion for the New York World’s Fair, along with other artists. Warhol’s provocative response, a multiple portrait of ‘Most Wanted Men’ was installed a few days before the opening but was deems too inflammatory and contrary to the upbeat image of the World’s Fair and the work was taken down.