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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.


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 collection of Thomas’s  vibrant and politically charged 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 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 from 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 Talks and Events


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Artist's Talk: Mickalene Thomas
Wednesday November 28, 2018, 7 - 8 pm

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.

Special Events
Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires Public Opening
Wednesday November 28, 2018, 6-10 pm

Join us for the public opening of Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, featuring an

Special Events
The December First Thursday: A SOUL Revolution
Thursday, December 6, 7 - 11:30 pm

Celebrate the opening of our exhibition, Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, with a party guest-curated by members of AfroChic –Toronto’s annual community celebration of Afro-Canadian music, visual art, fashion and culture.  

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