discussion a the u s flag in art of the 1970s amp e 09

Discussion A : The U.S. Flag in Art of the 1970s

Faith Ringgold painted her Flag for the Moon: Die Nigger in 1969. In 1970, she was arrested for organizing “The People’s Flag Show”, which protested against laws governing the use of the image of the American flag.


The two works above were also created in 1970. Identify them both by title and artist, and briefly discuss their imagery and historical context. Compare and contrast the two pictures. Feel free to expand upon the prompt and add other references to art using the American flag. Can you find more recent examples of “Flag art”?

Please read the chapter 5 and the information provided carefully, and use your own words write about 250+ words to explain and answer the question.


Watch thisclip (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.from the documentary The N Word: Divided We Stand. Now look at Faith Ringgold’s 1969 painting Flag for the Moon: Die Nigger.

Ringgold Flag for the Moon

1. Why do you think Ringgold, an African-American painter, used the ‘N’ word (nigger) in this painting?

2. What possible meanings overall do you think this painting was meant to express?

3. Now consider this painting by Mexican-American artist Mel Casas:


Read the section of Chapter 5 concerning the Chicano Movement. What are some of the concepts introduced in the reading that are related to the goals and ideas of the Chicano Movement? (Use the study guide term list as a guide)

Use those terms to discuss possible interpretations of Brownies of the Southwest.

The character in the sombrero is a representation of a cartoon that was used to sell Fritos corn chips. You can see two of those commercialshere (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.andhere (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Chicano Movement activists opposed the Frito Bandito. Why do you think he is included in the painting? Why do you think some opposed this character?

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