Artist's Talk: Mickalene Thomas

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Mickalene Thomas. Photo © Lyndsy Welgos

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Artist's Talk: Mickalene Thomas

Wednesday November 28, 2018, 7 - 8 pm
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join artist Mickalene Thomas with writer and critic Antwaun Sargent for a conversation about her work to celebrate the opening of the exhibition,  Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires.

Mickalene Thomas  makes paintings, collages, photography, video and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty and power. Blurring the distinctions between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender and sense of self are informed by the ways women are represented in art and popular culture. Thomas lives and works in Brooklyn.

Antwaun Sargent is a writer and critic living and working in New York City. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Nation, W,  Aperture, Vice and various other publications. He has contributed essays to publications including "Mama As Muse" for Mickalene Thomas's current Wexner Center exhibition and "Sisterhood Is A Behavior: Mickalene Thomas's Restaging of Womanhood" for the AGO’s catalogue. Recently he co-curated the Aperture Foundation exhibition, "The Way We Live Now," and has lectured and been in conversation with artists at Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Yale University, Brown University and various other institutions.

Following the talk, please join us in Walker Court for the public opening celebration.


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