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Mickalene Thomas "La leçon d’amour" 2008

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête

Wed, Oct 04, 2017 — Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Boone and George-Ann Knox I, Rachel Cosby Conway, Alfred Heber Holbrook, Charles B. Presley Family and Lamar Dodd Galleries

This exhibition of more than 40 works by the acclaimed African American artist Mickalene Thomas also includes a selection of works by artists who inspired her: Derrick Adams, Renée Cox, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. Thomas is well known for her paintings encrusted with rhinestones, but she has worked in photography since she was a graduate student at Yale more than two decades ago. Her photographs draw on a wide range of influences — from art history to popular culture, from Henri Matisse's odalisques to images of 1970s supermodel Beverly Johnson — but they all focus on beauty and what it means to be a woman.

This exhibition is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York.

In-House Curator

Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art


The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art

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