Faith Ringgold is best known for her bold, graphic paintings that are bordered by sewn fabric and presented as quilts, rather than conventionally stretched over a wooden frame. Her colorful work preserves the historical African-American tradition of quilt-making while also drawing attention to the modern obstacles that black women face in the art and museum spheres. Ringgold comes from a long line of women handy with a needle and thread - her mother was a fashion designer in Harlem, while her great-great-great grandmother was a slave whose homemade, hand-sewn quilts provided both warmth and an outlet for storytelling and spirituality. Ringgold’s paintings typically focus on the black experience, especially those of black artists who create in a world conditioned to the Western work of the Old Masters. Her painted quilt The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles (1991) for example, shows a group of African-American women presenting their own finished quilt covered in sunflowers. Behind them is the French village of Arles, and peering over their shoulders is Van Gogh himself, clutching a bouquet as he observes their work with a narrow-eyed, suspicious gaze. Her work gives traditional folk art - a medium typically considered to be a craft rather than an art - a new pedestal from which to view the modern world. Ringgold’s work is held in many international institutions, including most prominently the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.