Faith Ringgold :

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

Aunt Harriets Underground Railway in the Sky (detail), 1995, Faith Ringgold

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky (detail), 1992
Crown Publishers, New York


November 5, 2008 — March 1, 2009

Opening Reception Saturday, November 22, 6 - 8 pm
Book Signing Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at the Danforth Museum of Art
Lecture Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 7pm in the Dwight Performing Arts Center, Framingham State College

Also on view:  FAITH RINGGOLD : Story Quilts, November 22, 2008 - March 1, 2009

About the Artist

Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, began her artistic career more than 35 years ago as a painter. Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts -- art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling. She has exhibited in major museums in the USA, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She is in the permanent collection of many museums including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her first book, Tar Beach was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, among numerous other honors. She has written and illustrated eleven children's books. She has received more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and seventeen honorary doctorates.= (This information is taken from the biography section of her website:  www.faithringgold.com.)

About the Exhibit

In 1991, eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot soared above the rooftops of New York City in Tar Beach ...one of the most acclaimed children's book debut of recent years. In Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky, Cassie returns to the skies. Flying way up, so far up that the mountains look like rock candy and the oceans like tiny cups of tea, Cassie and her brother, Be Be, encounter a fantastic train--the Underground Railroad train--and a tiny woman in a conductor's uniform. The woman is Harriet Tubman, who transports Cassie and Be Be back to the terrifying world of a slave plantation and on a desperate--but ultimately triumphant--journey of escape.

Drawing on historical accounts of the Underground Railroad and the facts of Harriet Tubman's life, and on the rich resources of her own imagination, Faith Ringgold has created a book that both recounts the chilling realities of slavery and joyfully celebrates freedom. 

(Cover excerpt, Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold, Crown Publishers, New York 1992.)

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