Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:00
In conjunction with the Newcomb Art Museum exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star, the artist will speak about her work in conversation with Dr. Mia Bagneris, Assistant Professor, History of Art, Tulane University. A public reception celebrating the show's opening will immediately follow in the Woodward Way breezeway.
Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) is an internationally renowned artist recognized for lush works celebrating the power of female beauty to reclaim women's agency. Thomas combines allusions to iconic historical artworks and popular culture that introduce complex notions of femininity and challenge common definitions of beauty and aesthetic representations of women.
Thomas is a 2015 United States Artists Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow. She earned her MFA at the Yale University School of Art in 2002 and has been included in numerous important solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Her work is part of significant permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Hammer Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Smithsonian American Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work has been featured in various catalogues and reviewed by Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, NY Arts, Modern Painters, and The Wall Street Journal.
supported in part by Newcomb Art Department and Sandra Garrard Memorial Fund for Recent Trends in Contemporary Art