Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on Prime-Time Star brings together more than 40 works including paintings, photographs, collages, sculptures, film, and a site-specific installation that broadly engage the subject of portraiture through an interplay of different media.
Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) is an internationally renowned artist recognized for lush works celebrating the power of female beauty toward claiming women’s agency. Thomas combines allusions to iconic historical artworks and popular culture that introduce complex notions of femininity and challenge common definitions of beauty and aesthetic representations of women.
Waiting on Prime-Time Star will highlight Thomas’ strategy of working across different media—whether collage, painting, print, film, or installation—as part of her creative process. Blurring the boundaries between representation and abstraction, she, in turn, confronts the objectification of women while simultaneously offering a vocabulary for redefining notions of femininity.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website