Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach, 1988

From the Guggenheim:

Tar Beach, the first quilt in Ringgold’s colorful and lighthearted series entitledWomen on a Bridge, depicts the fantasies of its spirited heroine and narrator Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who, on a summer night in Harlem, flies over the George Washington Bridge. “Sleeping on Tar Beach was magical …” explains Cassie in the text on the quilt, “only eight years old and in the third grade and I can fly. That means I am free to go wherever I want to for the rest of my life.” For Ringgold, this phantasmic flight through the urban night sky symbolizes the potential for freedom and self-possession. “My women,” proclaimed Ringgold about the Women on a Bridge series, “are actually flying; they are just free, totally. They take their liberation by confronting this huge masculine icon—the bridge.”

 

Posted on February 6 2012, with 188 Notes

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    taught a lesson about this in school today. love it.