Born October 8~ Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930) is an American painter, author, illustrator, mixed media sculptor, and performance artist, best known for her narrative quilts.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_Ringgold

Sonny’s Bridge by Faith Ringgold
1986 / Acrylic on cotton canvas / 84-1/2″x60″ / High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Faith Ringgold on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/faith-ringgold/

Further reading:
https://www.faithringgold.com/
https://www.thecollector.com/faith-ringgold-makes-it-possible/
https://www.wmagazine.com/culture/faith-ringgold-art-studio-glenstone

Books by Faith Ringgold: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/authorpage/faith-ringgold.html

Born July 31~ Dindga McCannon

Dindga McCannon (born July 31, 1947) is an African-American fiber artist, muralist, costume designer, teacher, author, printmaker, and illustrator.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dindga_McCannon

Mary Lou Williams-Jazz Pianist by Dindga McCannon
2017 / Machine embroidery, appliqué, fabrics, vintage trim, plastic beads, sequins / 44″x31″ / Private collection

Dindga McCannon on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/dindga-mccannon/

Further reading:
http://www.shadesofnoir.org.uk/creatives/portfolio/dindga-mccannon/
https://bombmagazine.org/articles/dindga-mccannon-by-philip-glahn/
https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/mccannon-or-table-their-own/4747

Born July 5~ Virginia R. Harris

Virginia R. Harris (born July 5, 1937) is a quilt maker and master fabric artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, and many private collections.
No biography available

Seeing Red by Virginia R. Harris
2000 / Fabrics: silk; cotton; other / 54″ x 40″ / Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

World Quilts: The American Story~ https://worldquilts.quiltstudy.org/americanstory/engagement/politics

More links:
https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/candy-box-71469
https://youtu.be/-s9msbBkEJU
https://youtu.be/QbWimgNIzr0

Born February 5~ Lucinda Toomer

Lucinda Toomer (February 5, 1888-September 1, 1983) was an American artist who worked in the African-American tradition of quiltmaking.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucinda_Toomer

Le Moyne Star Variation Quilt by Lucinda Toomer
1981 / Cotton and synthetics / 71 1/4 × 62″ / American Folk Art Museum, NYC

Further reading:
http://east2.amz.digiscribecloud.com/artists/330
https://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/lucinda-toomer
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/183827259/lucinda-toomer

October 30, 1831~ Slave insurrection leader Nat Turner discovered and captured

One Night at Cabin Pond by Stephen Towns

“In this quilt, Baltimore artist Stephen Towns shows us the hours before the uprising began”
2016 / Natural and synthetic fabric, nylon tulle, polyester and cotton thread,
crystal glass beads, resin and metal buttons / 35”x28 1/2”
Image belongs to the artist, photograph by Joseph Hyde

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Autumn~ October 30

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/30~

October 11, 1987~ AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed for the first time in DC

NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall,
photographed by Mark Thiessen in 1996

Fabric, decorative objects, and personal belongings / Panels measuring 3′ by 6′ assembled into larger
12′ by 12′ blocks / In November 2019, the National AIDS Memorial became the permanent caretaker and steward of the Quilt

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Previous October 11 posts:

Autumn~ October 11

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/11~

The September 11 Quilt Project

We Watched  by Robin Schwalb

72”x36” / Cotton fabrics, stenciled, photo silk-screened. Hand and machine pieced, hand appliquéd, hand quilted
National September 11 Memorial Museum, NYC

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East Village resident Drunell Levinson…announced the September 11 Quilts Memorial project on a website she created especially for that purpose. Calling on volunteers to submit 3’x 6’ or 3’x 3’ quilt panels, she left the choice of materials and the interpretation to the individual artists…By September 10, 2002, the project consisted of 94 unique quilts accompanied by artists’ statements, photographs, memorabilia, emails, and a dedicated website. ~https://www.911memorial.org/tribute/the-september-11-quilt-project

Photographs are from “September 11 Quilts”
See more at https://www.september11quilts.org/index.html

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Hispanic Artists~September 11

“Capturing a City’s Emotion in the Days After 9/11”

September 11: 9/11

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/11~

September 9, 1971~ Attica Prison uprising begins

United States of Attica by Faith Ringgold

1972 / Offset lithograph / 21 5/8”x27 3/8” / Various collections

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Previous September 9 posts:

Hispanic Artists~September 9

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/9~

Self Portraits~August 25

Early Works #25: Self-Portrait  by  Faith Ringgold

1965 / Oil on canvas / 50”x40” / Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum

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Reflection with Two Children (Self-Portrait)  by  Lucian Freud

1965 / Oil on canvas / 35 3/4”x35 3/4” / Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid