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Mickalene Thomas

Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Ed.D. Academic Center
440 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta 30310

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On the occasion of the opening of Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, an exhibition organized by the Aspen Art Museum, artist Mickalene Thomas joins ART PAPERS and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art for a discussion of new and recent work.

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) is perhaps best known for her large-scale elaborate paintings that are adorned with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Combining art historical, political, and pop cultural references she introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, an exhibition featuring photographs, film, and video, is a richly textured, moving portrait of the multiplicities of womanhood that builds upon the artist's ongoing reconsideration of black female identity.

This event is organized by ART PAPERS and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Atlanta Celebrates Photography . It is free, accessible, and open to the public. However, capacity is limited and registration is required through For more information call 404.270.5607.

image above: Mickalene Thomas, Angelitos Negros (still), 2016, 2-Channel HD Video, TRT: 23:09 48 x 54 inches. Courtesy the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


ART PAPERS LIVE is sponsored in part by One Consulting Group Inc.

ART PAPERS is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Atlanta. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Fulton County, GA. Funding and support has also been generously provided by AEC Trust, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the LUBO Fund.

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