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CAAD and Art History Lecture Series present Faith Ringgold and Michele Wallace in conversation


The Center for Art of Africa and it's Diasporas (CAAD), in conjunction with the Art History Lecture Series, presents internationally acclaimed artist Faith Ringgold in conversation with feminist author Michele Wallace.

Faith Ringgold is an internationally renowned artist, activist, and storyteller. Her work is held in several museums' permanent collections, notably The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Ringgold’s colorful mosaics are showcased in several city buildings such as the Los Angeles Civic Center/Grand Park and the New York City 125th Street subway station . She is also an acclaimed children’s book author, awarded both the prestigious Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King award for her 1991 book, Tar Beach. Ringgold is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and received several fellowships and grants, notably the National Endowment for the Arts Award (1978) and (1989), as well as The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1987). Ringgold is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, where she taught art from 1984 to 2002. Her solo exhibition, American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s is currently on view at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in New York City until November 10, 2013. She currently lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey.

Author and Professor Michele Wallace—Ringgold’s daughter—is perhaps best known for her controversial feminist critique of Black Nationalism’s sexist attitudes, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1971). Wallace was Essence Magazine’s Editor at Large (1983) and a columnist for The Village Voice (1995-1996). Among other numerous teaching appointments, Wallace has held the position of Visiting Professor of Africana Studies (2004-2006) at Cornell University, and the Blanche, Edith and Irving Chair in Women’s Studies at Rutgers University (1996-1997). Wallace holds a BA and MA in English from The City College of New York, and a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University. She is currently Professor of English at The City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York.