charis books & more
We invite you to peruse our bookshelf that we have uniquely curated for the Black Woman Artist. From Art books to fiction to memoirs there is something here for everyone to gain more knowledge on the art practices of Black Women across the world.
TILA Studios believes in the artist’s practice as a lifelong commitment to learning and seeking knowledge through research, exploration and applying the information you consume to your practice. We are partnering with Charis Books and More to continue that by selecting books and resources that we think will shape your career going forward.
In Things I Should Have Told My Daughter, Cleage takes us back to the 1970s and 80s, when she was a young wife and mother trying to find her voice as a writer. Living in Atlanta, she worked alongside Maynard Jackson, the city’s first black mayor and it was here among fraught politics that she began to feel the pull of her own dreams—a pull that led her away from her husband as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment.
In Art on My Mind, bell hooks, a leading cultural critic, responds to the ongoing dialogues about producing, exhibiting, and criticizing art and aesthetics in an art world increasingly concerned with identity politics. Always concerned with the liberatory black struggle, hooks positions her writings on visual politics within the ever-present question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community.
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visual politics by bell hooks
Essays by Elizabeth Alexander
Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations by Toni Morrison
Women at Work by Mason Currey
Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem By Connie H. Choi, Thelma Golden, Kellie Jones, Pauline Willis
Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent, Addy Campbell (Photographer), Arielle Bobb-Willis (Photographer)
Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
African American Images from the 1890s to the Present By Deborah Willis
Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden By Kwame Dawes (Editor), Matthew Shenoda (Editor), Derek Walcott (Foreword by), Chris Abani (Contributions by), Rita Dove (Contributions by), Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon(Contributions by), Toi Derricotte (Contributions by), Vievee Francis (Contributions by), Nikki Giovanni (Contributions by), Ed Roberson (Contributions by)
Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing By Stephanie Stokes Oliver (Editor), Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
By Mickalene Thomas
Mickalene Thomas: Photographs by Mickalene Thomas
By Lorraine Hansberry
The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry By Imani Perry
The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, Series VII By Audre Lorde, Toni Cade Bambara, June Jordan
"The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston
The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 by Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, Julie R. Enszer (Editor)
By Carrie Mae Weems
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness
By Lorna Simpson, Elizabeth Alexander (Introduction)
Contemporary Artists Series By Kerry James Marshall
Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Black Women and Feminism By bell hooks
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf By Ntozake Shange
By Alice Walker
By Toni Morrison
Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs By Pearl Cleage
By Maya Angelou
By Aja Monet
By Warsan Shire
A Novel By Jamaica Kincaid
Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About The Keepers Of Our Traditions By Nikki Giovanni
The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2 By Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds