Monday, September 28, 2009

Soul Pictures

This is a photo of my sister and I with my grandmother Mme. Willi Posey at a fashion show in 1960. Standing in the background in sunglasses is my Mom Faith Ringgold, then Faith Wallace. She had completed her Master's Degree in Art Education at CCNY (1959) and we would soon embark upon our trip together to the museums of Europe to help her figure out what kind of artist she wanted to be. In the course of the 60s, she would remarry (Burdette Ringgold) and develop her characteristic style of painting and distinguish herself as one of the important African American artists of the latter half of the 20th century. Her work was forged in the struggles of the 60s. Our adolescence unfolded in the same context. It was a tight fit.

The current blog is an outgrowth of Soul Pictures: Black Feminist Generations. There's lots more to read there. Meanwhile more will follow specifically about the 60s in a few weeks once I get settled.

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I am a writer and a professor of English at the City College of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. My books include Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Invisibility Blues (1990), Black Popular Culture (1992), and Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005). I write cultural criticism frequently and am currently working on a project on creativity and feminism among the women in my family, some of which is posted on the Soul Pictures blog.