MICA Photography Exhibits: Mickalene Thomas: Muse and tête-à-tête

The Meyerhoff Gallery in MICA’s Fox Building (1303 W Mount Royal Avenue) currently features a photography exhibit by New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas titled “Muse“, running through March 12.

Best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel, Ms. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty.

This exhibit focuses on the personal act of deconstruction and reappropriation—both of images she has created herself and those she has singled out as influences—as she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration.

An accompanying exhibition, “tête-à-tête,” features work by photographers by who have inspired Thomas, including 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.

This exhibition is organized by the Aperture Foundation, New York, with support, in part, by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

Both exhibits end on Sunday, March 12. Visit mica.edu/mickalene_thomas for more information