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"Tar Beach 2" Quilt

Faith Ringgold, American, born 1930. Produced at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, founded 1977.

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Multicolored screenprint on silk plain weave, printed cotton plain weave, black and green synthetic moire

66 x 67 inches (167.6 x 170.2 cm)

© Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York - Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York

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Costume and Textiles

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by W. B. Dixon Stroud, 1992

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Ringgold’s Tar Beach 2 quilt communicates the dreams and hopes of a young African American girl, Cassie Louise Lightfoot. Her story is based on the artist’s own memories of growing up in Harlem, New York, but is enlivened with fantasy. Flying among the stars on a hot summer night, Cassie becomes a heroic explorer overcoming obstacles. Ringgold’s combination of image and imagination, text and texture puts a unique, contemporary spin on the traditions of both quilting and storytelling.