Event date: October 18, 2020 - October 18, 2020 Export event
THE ARTIST DINING ROOM I FAITH RINGGOLD
Friday 18th October 2019, 7pm - 10:30pm
Tickets £50 per person, includes multiple courses and performances.
On Friday 18th October, The Artists Dining Room at Guest Projects invites you to an unforgettable evening, exploring the extraordinary works and quilts by the African American artist Faith Ringgold.
Faith Ringgold is a recognized painter, writer, sculptor, performance artist and is best known for her narrative quilts, which are recognized worldwide.
For this unique occasion, Faith Ringgold’s long-time friend and gallerist from American Contemporary Art Gallery (ACA) gallery, Dorian Bergen, chef Karl Gritton and organisers and stage designers Ibrahim Cissé and Imann Gaye, will collaborate to create a personal dinner event inspired by Faith’s works.
Dorian will introduce the wonders of Faith’s work, with Karl recreating the atmosphere of Harlem through a bespoke dinner menu, while Iman and Ibrahim will perform Faith’s songs and interact with the novelty of Faith’s creations.
For this supper club, you are invited to step into the environment of one of Faith’s most famous quilts, Tar Beach. Faith created this ‘story quilt’ as both an artist and children’s author. It tells the story of Cassie Louise Lightfoot, the protagonist in Ringgold’s book, Tar Beach. Several episodes of the story are narrated in the quilt - on the tar roof (tar beach) of their apartment building in New York City.
Faith Ringgold drew inspiration for her ‘story quilts’ from her childhood in Harlem. Her art explores social and political themes by predominantly featuring stories of empowered female characters of African American origin. For example, Cassie’s ability to fly in Tar Beach gives her the freedom and power to achieve anything she sets her mind to -
“All you need is somewhere to go that you can’t get to any other way. The next thing you know, you’re flying among the stars.”
Tar Beach © 2019 Faith Ringgold, ARS member, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York.
Host: Dorian Bergen
Chef: Karl Gritton
Organisers and Set Designer: Ibrahim Cissé and Imann Gaye
The Artist Dining Room is located at artist Yinka Shonibare CBE’s Guest Projects space in East London. The Artist Dining Room collaborates with London-based chefs to hold a series of unique and bespoke artist-led supper clubs, offering an alternative dining experience where creative minds can engage and immerse themselves in the life and works of an artist through food. Previous supper clubs have been inspired by artists and art movements, including Louise Bourgeois, David Lynch, Kurt Schwitters, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Sophie Calle, Kara Walker, Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Derek Jarman, Leonora Carrington, and The Futurist Supper.
Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by artist Yinka Shonibare CBE which offers the opportunity to practitioners, of any artistic discipline (dance, visual arts, music), to have access to a free project space. Alongside Regent’s Canal, Guest Projects provides an alternative universe and playground for artists. It is a laboratory of ideas and a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.