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Description - Dancing at the Louvre by Dan Cameron

This catalogue is devoted to the story quilts of contemporary artist Faith Ringgold. Combining painted images, handwritten texts and quilting techniques, Ringgold weaves together modernist painting; feminist critique; postmodernist strategies of appropriation, parody and montage; and personal memoir in a synthesis which takes on European modernism, African-American folk art and the "black aesthetic" of the 1960s and 1970s. The catalogue accompanies an exhibition of "The French Collection" and "The American Collection", a series of story quilts Ringgold has produced since 1990. Essays include an examination of Ringgold's stylistic development through the 1960s and 1970s, an exploration of the social and political aspects of the story quilts, and a recollection by the artist's daughter, writer Michele Wallace. Ringgold has adapted the tradition of the American slave quilt to create a world in which African-American and women dominate, where history is not only questioned but also reinvented. The titles of the quilts in Ringgold's "French Collection" and "American Collection" suggest her subject range and daring: "Jo Baker's Birthday Party"; "Dinner at Gertrude Stein's"; "A Portrait o

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520214309
ISBN-10: 0520214307
Format: Paperback
(264mm x 264mm x 16mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 13-Mar-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dan Cameron

Richard J. Powell is Associate Professor of Art History at Duke University. Dan Cameron is Editor of Dancing at the Louvre and Senior Curator at The New Museum of Contemporary Art. Ann Gibson is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Publications of the Humanities Institute at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Thalia Gouma-Peterson is Professor of Art History and museum director at The College of Wooster. Patrick Hill is a doctoral candidate in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Moira Roth is Trefethen Professor of Art History at Mills College. Michele Wallace is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center.

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