A tale with a happy ending

The mounting of a Faith Ringgold exhibit at the Neuberger Museum (September 11- December 19, 2010) was the occasion for the recounting of a conservation tale with a happy ending. In 1970, Ringgold was commisioned to paint a large work in oils for the Women’s House of Detention on Rikers Island. In 1999, when that facility was housing men, inmates removed the painting from the wall and painted it over with white acrylic paint. Forunately, the painting was able to be restored and is now on view to the general public for the first time in the Neuberger show. The story in greater detail is available in The New Yorker piece, “The Artistic Life Behind Bars”.