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SFAI Artist Talk: Mickalene Thomas
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco , CA 94133

November 5th, 2012 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Portrait of Mnonja, Mickalene ThomasMickalene Thomas, Portrait of Mnonja,
2010, rhinestone,acrylic and enamel on wood panel, 96 x 120 inches
© Courtesy of the Artist and San Francisco Art Institute
Financial District/Wharf
415 749 4500
Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 11-6; Open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
figurative, conceptual, mixed-media, collage
This event is FREE and open to the public. But space is limited, and advance registration is recommended.

About the Lecture
SFAI fellow and painter Mickalene Thomas will discuss her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings embellished with rhinestones and bedecked with the bold colors and patterns of 1970s interior design. Informed by classical genres of portraiture, landscape, still life, and the female nude, with explicit references to artists including Edouard Manet and Gustave Courbet, Thomas’s work—often depictions of African American women—expands common definitions of beauty, power, and sexual identity.

This event is FREE and open to the public. But space is limited, and advance registration is recommended.

Artist Bio
Thomas earned her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MFA from Yale University. Her first solo museum exhibition, Origin of the Universe, premiered at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and is on view at the Brooklyn Museum from September 28, 2012–January 20, 2013. Thomas’s work is in significant museum collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Recent honors include the Artist-in-Residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Joan Mitchell Grant, and the Rema Hort Mann Grant. Thomas is represented by Lehmann Maupin, New York; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. Thomas is also a recipient of the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices at SFAI this semester. Visit Thomas's website at

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