Exhibition – “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête”

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.

The exhibition is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, and curated in-house by Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art.

It is sponsored by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation, the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, and the Willson Center.

The following events will be associated with the exhibition:

Friday, October 13, 2017
90 Carlton: Fall
5:30-8:30 pm
The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a reception featuring the fall exhibitions which will include a sneak preview of the exhibition Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and its companion, tête-à-tête. Enjoy light refreshments, gallery activities, door prizes and “Ask the Experts” from 7 to 8 p.m. Event Partners: Athens Printing Company, Barron’s Rental Center and Epting Events. $5, free for members. Become a member of the museum at the event for complimentary admission. RSVP to gmoarsvp@uga.edu or by calling 706.542.4199. Register at http://bit.ly/90c-summer17.

Friday, October 20, 2017
Conversations on Muses
Women’s Studies Friday Speaker Series
12:20 -1:10 pm

This fall, the Women’s Studies Friday Speaker Series will highlight the exhibition, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête through a gallery tour and discussion led by curator Dr. Shawnya Harris in collaboration with the UGA departments of Women’s Studies and African-American Studies. The event is free, open to the public, and an opportunity for students and faculty, including First Year Odyssey.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Film Night
7:00- 9:00 pm
Directed by Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People is the first documentary to reveal photography’s role in shaping the cultural identity of African Americans from slavery to the present era. The documentary is in part inspired by the work of photo historian Deborah Willis and features the work of distinguished historical photographers such as James Van Der Zee and Gordon Parks as well as numerous contemporary photographers including Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Hank Willis Thomas who are also featured in the Georgia Museum of Art’s presentation of Mickalene Thomas’s Muse.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Tour at Two
2:00- 3:00 pm
Join Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, for a tour of the exhibition Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Teen Studio: Mickalene Thomas
5:30-8:30 pm
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to this studio-based workshop led by local artist and educator Kristen Bach. The group will spend time in the galleries exploring the work of contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas in the exhibition “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête.” Drawing inspiration from Thomas’ work, teens will create their own mixed media works of art using photography and collage. Includes a pizza dinner. This program is free, but space is limited. Please email sagekincaid@uga.edu or call 706.542.0448 to reserve a spot.