Mickalene Thomas has been commissioned by the Norton Museum of Art to produce a mural installation, developed specifically for the space of the Museum's lobby. Drawing from the Floridian landscape, the large scale work investigates this panorama according to Thomas' signature style.
Du Bois in Our Time is a landmark exhibition that focuses on the intersection of art and the major issues of our time, centered on the legacy of W.E.B Du Bois and the causes that he championed. Mickalene Thomas has been commissioned by the University Museum of Contemporary Art to produce a work that offers an aesthetic contribution to the rethinking of Du Bois through today's cultural lens.
Solange Knowles has once again partnered with New York artist Mickalene Thomas for a special limited edition of her critically acclaimed EP, True, with beautiful new artwork. True is available for purchase for $15 in US Opening Ceremony stores and online, but with absolute limited quantities.
An interview with Mickalene, part of a short film series directed by Chiara Clemente.
show and tell: calder jewelry and mobiles salon 94
november 05, 2013 - december 20, 2013
Salon 94's "Show and Tell: Calder Jewelry and Mobiles" presents work from nine exciting and established artists, resposnding to the work of Alexander Calder, in particular, his jewelry and suspended works. Mickalene Thomas has produced a series of new photographs specifically for this exhibition, drawing from the trademark formalism of Calder as an approach with which to consider her own unique approach to portaiture.
Mickalene Thomas has been commissioned to concieve of a garment inspired by hautecouture for ART CAPSUL, curated by Stacy Engman. Part art project, part capsul collection, ART CAPSUL showcases elements found in the works of some of today's most celebrated contemporary artists. "Art CAPSUL celebrates originality, vision, and uniqueness inherent in the forms and traditions of haute couture and art. Artists give life to their artwork through their own distinct vision, and this special series celebrates this an extension of their existing vision and practice, " Engman has said.
Mickalene Thomas and LittleCollector will collaborate with young artists to make a series of paintings to be auctioned, with proceeds going to a charity for kids. Little collectors will be invited to make their own creative submission from which a jury of Art World professionals will select the most inventive. Mickalene Thomas will then work with the young artists to translate their vision into a painting.
Mickalene Thomas will visit SFAI, as the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow, where she will appear in conversation with SFAI President Charles Desmarais.
tete-a-tete QF GAllery, EASTHAMPTON, NY
AUGUST 24 -SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
Mickalene Thomas will present the third iteration of Tete-aTete, on view from August 24th to September 15th at QF Gallery in East Hampton, New York. Tete-a-Tete was first presented last year at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, and then at Yancey Richardson, New York. Thomas conceived of the idea for this group exhibition after participating in MoMA's Conversations: Among Friends, and aims to facilitate a visual conversation among artists.
Yancey Richardson Gallery is pleased to present 'Desire,' a group exhibition, curated by Jodie Vincenta Jacobson. This exhibition of women artists offers a selection of works examining disire and the mesmeric female gaze. Taking form in a variety of media, the selected works tease out themes ranging from sex and death, to awkwardness, seduction, psychologuy, and semantics.
Mickalene Thomas' first documentary film, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN will screen at the 2ND ANNUAL BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL this summer. The film, a portrait of Thomas’ mother (and muse), Sandra Bush, lends unique insight to the artists process as mother and daughter share memories, desires and history.
Better Days: An Art Bar Installation by Mickalene Thomas
Galerie at Volkshaus, Basel, switzerland
June 11, 2013 - June 15, 2013
The ambitious installation, Better Days, will transform the Galerie at Volkshaus, in downtown Basel, into an immersive art experience for the duration of the show. It is inspired by a theatrical play ‘Put a Little Sugar in my Bowl’ and parties hosted by Thomas’s mother in the late ‘70s.
Mickalene Thomas' first documentary film, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN screened at THE POETICS OF UNFORGETTING in London on June 6, 2013. The film, a portrait of Thomas’ mother (and muse), Sandra Bush, is also scheduled to screen at the 2ND ANNUAL BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL in August, 2013.
"In this short documentary film, Thomas presents an emotional portrait of her mother, who is also portrayed in "Sandra: She's a Beauty", one of the paintings in Thomas's exhibition currently at the ICA. The film presents Bush's personal and physical struggles, including kidney disease, revealing a different state of this beautiful woman."
The works featured in this exhibition highlight the ways Thomas experiments with the construction of intimate interior spaces, to create a metaphor for the status of the female body—itself either present or absent—as it has been interpreted and used throughout the history of art.
March On! brooklyn academy of music, brooklyn, ny
january 16 - march 11, 2013
Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Great March on Washington, March On! is a group exhibition that explores the civil rights journey of African-Americans during the past half-century through a thoughtful presentation of paintings, photographs, drawings, videos, and essays by contemporary American artists including Mickalene Thomas, David Antonio Cruz, Derrick Adams, Simone Leigh, Kimberly Becoat, Kenya (Robinson), Delphine Diaw Diallo, Ali Santana, Oasa DuVerney, and Hank Willis Thomas.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN: "This beautiful exploration of art and life is the first documentary by New York–based artist Mickalene Thomas—a portrait of Thomas’ mother (and muse), Sandra Bush. The subject of several paintings and photographs by the artist, Sandra Bush shares her memories, desires and history, including the lead-up to her involvement in her daughter’s artwork."
Decopolis: popup shop The Proposition, New York, ny
february 6 - february 24, 2013
Following her blockbuster solo show, Origin of the Universe, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and her two-venue exhibition, How to Organize a Room Around a Striking Piece of Art, at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, The Proposition is collaborating with Mickalene Thomas on a pop-up shop entitled "décopolis: the talent of others." Guest Artists include: Brother Vellies, Roddy Fitzgerald, Nina Ziefvert, David Antonio Cruz, Elisabeth Gaffaney, Jayson Keeling, and Celebrity Makeup Artist Vincent Oquendo.
"Origin of the Universe, Thomas's first solo museum exhibition, highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood. Among the pieces on view are contemporary riffs on Courbet's Origin of the World and Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe. An entrance-gallery mural, a film about Thomas's mother, and installations of furnished domestic interiors were created specifically for this show."
"The artist's third solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin was presented in two parts: the Lower East Side gallery housed new large-scale paintings depicting landscapes and interior scenes as well as a series of short films created during her recent ravels in Europe, while in Chelsea, Thomas's first doecumentary film "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN" was viewed alongside photographs of her mother and long-time muse, Sandra Bush. Thomas also re-created one of her tableau environments in the gallery, allowing viewers to fully immerse themselves in her world while watching the film."
Showcasing some of the best and most diverse talent in the city, the Brooklyn Museum should be on every visitor's radar. With the art of Mickalene Thomas on display, no self-respecting art lover should miss a trip to this museum. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY
Jessica Chastain played muse to Mickalene Thomas, George Condo, Rineke Dijkstra and Chantal Joffe. Thomas transformed the actress by using a range of references from classic portraiture to the 1983 film Scarface, while shooting Chastain in one of her domestic interiors at the Brooklyn Musuem.
nailed subliminal projects, los angeles, ca
september 8, 2012 - october 6, 2012
Nailed was a group exhibition featuring artwork by LIz Baca, Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, Dzine, Igor Jovic, Simone Lueck, Chris Mosier, Kai Regan, Dominique Renee, Jamel Shabazz, Mickalene Thomas, Catherine Wong, and Monika Zbijowska.
"Re-Framing the Feminine demonstrates the varied strategies employed by female photographers to frame their experiences using the technology of film photography and digital media. Curated by Dina Mitrani, Miami-based photography curator and gallerist, Re-Framing the Feminine will include approximately fifty works. Its aim is to demonstrate what is particularly female in the capture and/or construction of a photographic image. The fluidity women experience as both subjects and objects in the photographic field is significant."
"Thomas examines art historical constructs of feminine identity, sexuality, beauty, and power in 15 works in a variety of sizes, shapes, and media. Taking cues from Marcel Duchamp’s Étant Donnés: 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage and Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde, Thomas presents the female figure as the origin of the universe, focusing on how the female body both engenders and inhabits landscape. The works on view are in communication with one another—portraits of Qusuquzah and Din gaze out at modernist interiors and plein-air landscapes, all confronted by the artist’s arresting recreations of Courbet’s Origin."
"Through artworks from the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection, Histories, investigates some of the approaches and themes through which historical topics are represented in art, and thus how they are translated and construed by different people during different periods."
"This exhibition featured 39 works by 20th- and 21st-century artists who have extended the boundaries of art making. Drawn from area private collections, the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view works that are seldom exhibited in public. Representing a range of media, including painting, sculpture, video, photography, drawings, and prints, Look Now provides an extraordinary range of perspectives on the art of our time."
"Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires" was a project commissioned by the MoMA for The Modern restaurant window on 53rd Street. The project was executed in two stages: initially, a large format printing of Thomas's "Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires" photograph occupied the window November 2009 through February 2010. In February, it was replaced by the painting on three panels that was on view through March 2012.