Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 2023

Michele Wallace

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Michele Wallace, Professor Emeritus of English (2017), Women’s Studies and Film Studies at the City College of New York and the City University of NY Graduate Center, is Founder and Director of The Faith Ringgold Society, LLC, the mission of which is to publish writings on the work and career of the artist Faith Ringgold. Wallace, who earned a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York University, is the author of Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace (1991), Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005) and Invisibility Blues: New Edition (2008).  The daughter of the artist Faith Ringgold, she has also written extensively on Ringgold’s work, including American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s (Neuberger Museum 2010), “American Black: Faith Ringgold’s Black Light Series,” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Number 29: Fall 2011, 50-61, and “’We Came to America’” by Faith Ringgold and the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,” in The Female Gaze: Women Artist Making Their World edited by Robert Cozzollino. She is currently at work on a book to be called The Mona Lisa Interview: Faith Ringgold’s French and American Collections, 1990-1999. 

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