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Faith Ringgold's 1960s political art on view in DC

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Faith Ringgold's paintings about the 1960s political climate are going on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Ringgold is best known for reviving the tradition of African American story quilts in the 1970s. In the 1960s, her work was focused on the nation's social upheaval.

The exhibition "American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s" opens Friday, featuring 45 rarely exhibited works. The exhibit is on view through Nov. 10.

Ringgold began her "American People" series in 1963, the year of the March on Washington and the assassinations of Medgar Evers and President John F. Kennedy. She has said the paintings are about the condition of black and white America.

Later, her "Black Light" series included political messages and celebrated diversity among African Americans.

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