Media advisory: Mickalene Thomas will discuss artistic practice at the Saint Louis Art Museum

By | September 11, 2017

Mickalene Thomas (photo credit: Lyndsy Welgos, Topical Cream)

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 11, 2017—Artist Mickalene Thomas will discuss her work within the themes of beauty, gender and race at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Friday, Oct. 6. Joining the New York-based artist for an on-stage conversation will be Simon Kelly, the Saint Louis Art Museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art, and Lisa Melandri, executive director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

The presentation begins at 7 pm in the Museum’s Farrell Auditorium. Tickets are $20 and are available in-person at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee of $3 per ticket.

Thomas works on a larger-than-life scale using diverse media to explore black female identity and representation. An example of her work in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection—the photograph “Din, Une Trés Belle Négresse 1”—is on view through Oct. 15 in Gallery 249.

The event is part of an artist residency coinciding with “Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities,” an exhibition of film, video and photography at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis that runs through Dec. 31.

While at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Thomas also will participate in workshops with teachers and high school students. The programmatic residency at the Museum is made possible by a grant from the Trio Foundation of St. Louis.

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