From the event organizer
Mickalene Thomas puts Black American women at the center of her practice. Her work celebrates the complexity and diversity of Black female agency as she tackles issues of inequality and representation, filtered through a queer feminist lens. Thomas uses collage as a powerful tool, drawing on painting, photography, time-based media, immersive living-room tableaux and other forms to create her dynamic compositions. Her works reveal the composite ways of being for women in the global African diaspora. By reframing stereotypical perceptions and representations of Black women, Thomas deliberately challenges the Western art-historical canon and creates new possibilities for seeing a range of Black bodies.
This exhibition was on view at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans from November 2nd, 2019, to June 14th, 2020.