The Guernica of the Civil Rights Movement:
American People Series #20: Die, Faith Ringgold’s epic, tragic version of Guernica updated for the Civil Rights era, was first shown at New York’s Spectrum Gallery in 1967.
After that, the painting—like most of the artist’s civil-rights themed works from that era—disappeared from view. It hadn’t been shown in decades when, in 2010, it joined “American People, Black Light,” a travelling survey of Ringgold’s ’60s paintings that began at the Neuberger Museum of Art. That show’s co-organizer, museum director Thom Collins, left to join the Miami Art Museum, where the show traveled later.
Now Die has returned to the institution for its reopening this week in its new incarnation as the Pérez Art Museum Miami.The painting, which remains in the collection of the artist, is part of “Americana,” an inaugural exhibition featuring works from North America, the Caribbean, and South America arranged in thematic groupings. Die is in the part called “Corporal Violence”; its neighbors are artworks by Sue Coe, Nancy Spero, Eugenio Dittborn, Miguel Ángel Rojas, among others–artists who, like Ringgold, work in the realm of uncomfortable truths.Faith Ringgold, American People Series #20: Die, 1967, oil on canvas.
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