mickalene thomas Les trois femmes noires

Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires (detail), 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires

November 29, 2018 – March 24, 2019

Located on the 5th floor.

This exhibition is included with general admission.

“Forces you to stop and wonder why you’ve never seen anything like it before.” – NOW Magazine


Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires upends and overturns familiar representations and monolithic notions of Black women today.

This exhibition, developed in a creative partnership between the AGO and the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, presents a bold new collection of Thomas’s vibrant, colourful and provocative paintings, silkscreens, photographs, time-based media and site-specific installations exploring how Black women are represented in art and popular culture.

The exhibition also highlights Thomas’s collage work and the inspiration she takes from popular art histories and movements, including Impressionism, Cubism, Dada and the Harlem Renaissance.

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires is the first large-scale solo exhibition by this African-American contemporary artist to be staged in Canada. It will spark timely and urgent conversations about race, representational politics, Black celebrity culture and sexuality as seen through a Black queer feminist perspective.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.


mickalene thomas' Diahann Carroll

Mickalene Thomas, Diahann Carroll #2, 2018.  Silkscreen ink and acrylic on acrylic mirror, mounted on wood panel, 182.9 x 152.4 x5.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. © Mickalene Thomas / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Mickalene Diahnn Carroll
video installation by mickalene thomas

Mickalene Thomas, Los Angelitos Negros, 2016. Four (4) HD monitors, two-channel HD video, sound; each: 121.9 x 137.2 cm; duration: 23 mins., 18 secs. 121.9 x 137.2 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Mickalene Thomas / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. 

Mickalene Thomas angelitos negros


Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires upends and overturns familiar representations and monolithic notions of Black women today. Companion publication to the exhibition.

Hardcover : 117 pages


Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, book cover



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