Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Faith Ringgold and Others Used Art for Social Change
Faith Ringgold, “The Sunflowers Quilting Bee at Arles,” acrylic on canvas with fabric border, 74 inches by 80 inches
Wednesday, February 17, 2021


American painter, writer and performance artist Faith Ringgold employed storytelling in her quilts to illuminate racism, while American-Mexican graphic artist Elizabeth Catlett, the grandchild of slaves,  used sculpture and wood cuts to depict Black women as strong, proud women.

Agnes Denese, Maya Lin and others used art to draw attention to environmental destruction. And Nancy Spero used art to expose the abuse of power over time in such series as “Torture of Women.”

Learn how these women and other used their talents to push society for meaningful reform when Kristin Poole presents a livestream lecture titled “Breaking Traditions, Modernist and Postmodernist Artists as Activists.”

The lecture will start at 6 p.m. tonight—Wednesday, Feb. 17—and will be livestreamed via Crowdcast.

“This lecture will inform us about artists who used their art as a political platform and the effect it had,” said Jeanne Knott , visual arts class assistant at SVMoA.

Pre-registration is required. Tuition is $10 for SVMoA members and $12 for nonmembers. To register, visit, call 208-726-9491 or visit The Museum box office at 191 Fifth Street East in Ketchum.

The lecture is part of the SVMoA’s BIG IDEA project “Deeds Not Words: Women Working for Change.”

Poole has served as artistic director at SVMoA since 1997. A curator and art historian, she holds a master’s degree in modern art history from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in studio art and English from Dennison University.


The Sun Valley Museum of Art will provide an encore screening of “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum.

Tickets are $10 for SVMoA members and $12 for nonmembers, available at or 208-726-9491.


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