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Title Works in Sculpture and Performance: Masks
Accession number MS2016.03
Object Name Manuscript
Series ID MS03.11
Parent Object ID MS03
Collection Faith Ringgold Study Room Collection
System of arrangement Binder sits in magazine holder on wall and contains photocopied images that were numbered by the artist, placed in plastic sleeves, and are arranged chronologically.
Description This gallery contains one binder created by Faith Ringgold that features 60 images of her masks from 1973-1985. Ringgold began creating masks in the early 1970s. Her first mask was called "African Design Face Mask" which is part of the "Family of Woman Mask" series. According to her memoir, the "Family of Woman Mask" series was inspired by Dan masks from Liberia. Her masks started with no bodies but she later added cloth to the mask to make dresses. Ringgold also created what she called "portrait" or "helmet" masks which were masks that were considered larger-than-life. Examples of this type of mask include ones she made of Martin Luther King Jr. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Level Series
Date 1973-1985
Containers Women's Liberation Talking Mask
African Design Face Mask
Kissing Witch #1
Kissing Witch #2
Weeping Woman Mask #1
Weeping Woman Mask #2
Weeping Woman Mask #3
Weeping Woman Mask #4
Male Face Mask
Hat Mask #1
Hat Mask #2
Family of Woman Mask #1 Faith #1
Family of Woman Mask #2 Ms. Brown, Catherine, Delores and Elsie
Family of Woman Mask #3 Ms. Jones, Andrew, Barbara and Faith
Family of Woman Mask #4 Ms. Curry and Charles
Family of Woman Mask #5 Ms. Lottie Belle and Junior
Family of Woman Mask #6 Ms. Vi and Brother
Family of Woman Mask #7 Ms. Florence and Junior
Family of Woman Mask #8 Ms. Bert and Delores #1
Family of Woman Mask #9 Ms. Bert and Delores #2
Family of Woman Mask #10 Ms. Ruth and Charles
Family of Woman Mask #11 Aunt Edith
Family of Woman Mask #12 Aunt Bessie
Family of Woman Mask #13 Faith #2
Family of Woman Mask #14 Bernice
Helmet Mask #1 Joanna
Helmet Mask #2 Leroy
Helmet Mask #3 Mama
Helmet Mask #4 Rev. Adam Clayton Powell
Helmet Mask #5 Martin Luther King
Helmet Mask #6 Reverend Proctor
Helmet Mask #7 Molly
Helmet Mask #8 Bruce
Gold Face Mask
Silver Face Mask
Black Face Mask #1
Black Face Mask #2
Black Face Mask #3
Black Face Mask #4
Black Face Mask #5
Flower Face Mask #1
Flower Face Mask #2
Flower Face Mask #3
Flower Face Mask #4
Kente 1
Kente 2
Kente 3
Kente 4
Widows Mask #1 Bena
Widows Mask #2 Buba
Widows Mask #3 Moma
King Face Mask
Queen Face Mask
Little Girl Face Mask
Nigerian Brocade Face Mask #1
Nigerian Brocade Face Mask #2
Nigerian Brocade Face Mask #3
Nigerian Brocade Face Mask #4
Nigerian Brocade Face Mask #5
Mourning Mask