Winter/Miller Lecture: Mickalene Thomas

Michalene Thomas sits with her elbows propped on her crossed legs on the floor in front of two large paintings hung on a wall mural.
Mickalene Thomas, photograph by Emil Horowitz

Join us for the seventh annual Winter/Miller Lecture on Thursday, February 8, at 6 pm, featuring acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Mickalene Thomas.

Thomas’s appearance at the Tang Teaching Museum is by invitation from Abigail Svetlik ’24, a double major in art history and English literature. She holds the prestigious 2023-24 Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Internship, a one-year pre-professional program in museum work for Skidmore students. In this role, Svetlik is charged with the research, planning, and coordination of the annual Winter/Miller Lecture.

The Winter/Miller Lecture is made possible through a generous gift by the family of Eleanor Linder Winter ’43. The inaugural Winter/Miller lecture was delivered in 2018 by artist Nicole Eisenman, followed by Chris Ware in 2019, Wangechi Mutu in 2020, Nick Cave in 2021, Juliana Huxtable in 2022, and Trenton Doyle Hancock in 2023.

The program will include ASL interpretation by Liz Beauregard.

This event is free and open to the public.

About Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971; Camden, New Jersey) has garnered international acclaim for her expansive artistic practice that includes dazzling rhinestone, acrylic, and enamel portraits of Black women, photography, collage, film, and site-specific installations. Across these mediums, Thomas engages with issues of gender, race, intimacy, and beauty standards. Her work meets figuration with abstraction, expertly manipulating artistic conventions to construct vibrant images. While she often includes references to art history, her subjects challenge the overwhelming whiteness of the Western canon. Thomas’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tang Teaching Museum, where one of Thomas’s photographs will be on view in the exhibition Studio/Archive. Beyond visual art, Thomas has produced a Tony-nominated Broadway show, designed luxury clothing, curated museum exhibitions, and mentored young artists. She earned a BFA in painting from the Pratt Institute and an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art.

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