Memory Assignment: Artists Presentation


  1. The Sunflowers Quilting Bee at Arles, 1991, Faith Ringgold, Acrylic on canvas, tie-dyed, pieced fabric border, 74 x 80″

Features eight African-American freedom fighters including Coretta Scott King, Madame C. J. Walker, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks. “Ringgold has likened the sunflowers in this work to African Americans in solidarity: many together, tall, strong and turning their faces to follow the sun.” Known for her large Story Quilts that draw from various cultures including her own African heritage and life in Harlem, New York.

  1. Faded Memory, 2003, Donna Sharrett, Mixed media, 32” x 32”

“Informed by research into cultural and religious traditions of memorial and remembrance, my works celebrate women’s roles as archivists, teachers, caretakers of personal histories and preservers of traditions.” Used needlework to bridge the gap of silence between herself and her mother during her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, reestablished mother-daughter relationship; “I consider my works to be repositories for keepsakes, and custodians of memories.” Indicative of handmade family heirlooms, meditative process that relates to the human need to mark important moments in one’s life.

  1. St Patrick’s Day, 2012, Mark Neville, C-type print, 47 1/5× 60 3/5 in

Documentary photograph; plays into the idea of kitsch, garish, ugly misrepresentation of Irish heritage, echoing the kitsch representations of the Lake.


Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum

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