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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.


A personal library is a deeply intimate thing. Your personal library is as close as you can get to an external manifestation of your interior world. It is an expression of your values, your hopes, your fears, your fantasies, and your concerns.


Art on My Mind
visual politics
by bell hooks
The Black Interior
by Elizabeth Alexander
The Source of Self-Regard
Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations by Toni Morrison
Daily Ritual
Women at Work
by Mason Currey
Black Refractions
Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem
By Connie H. Choi, Thelma Golden, Kellie Jones, Pauline Willis
The New Black Vanguard
Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent, Addy Campbell (Photographer), Arielle Bobb-Willis (Photographer)
Stop Telling Women to Smile
Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Posing Beauty
African American Images from the 1890s to the Present
By Deborah Willis
Bearden's Odyssey
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)
Black Ink
Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing
By Stephanie Stokes Oliver (Editor), Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
I Can't See You Without Me
By Mickalene Thomas
Mickalene Thomas: Photographs

by Mickalene Thomas
A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry
Looking for Lorraine
The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
By Imani Perry
Lost & Found
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
Sister Love
The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989
by Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, Julie R. Enszer (Editor)
Kitchen Table Series
By Carrie Mae Weems
Zanele Muholi
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness
Lorna Simpson Collages
By Lorna Simpson, Elizabeth Alexander (Introduction)
What Remains To Be Seen
Howardena Pindel
Kerry James Marshall
Contemporary Artists Series
By Kerry James Marshall
How We Get Free
Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Ain't I a Woman
Black Women and Feminism
By bell hooks
We Should All Be Feminists
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
For Colored Girls
Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
By Ntozake Shange
The Color Purple
By Alice Walker
The Bluest Eye
By Toni Morrison
Things I Should Have Told My Daughte
Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs
By Pearl Cleage
Letter to My Daughter
By Maya Angelou
My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
By Aja Monet
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
By Warsan Shire
The Autobiography of My Mother
A Novel
By Jamaica Kincaid
Grand Mothers
Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About The Keepers Of Our Traditions
By Nikki Giovanni
Black Girl Magic
The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 2
By Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne, Idrissa Simmonds
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Mickalene Thomas: Photographs by Mickalene Thomas

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