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The Westmoreland, in partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum, presents a conversation exploring the artistic
practices and thematic and stylistic similarities between the work of Thomas and Andy Warhol. Diaz, Chief Curator at
The Warhol, and Thomas will discuss her and Warhol’s use of imagery appropriated from popular culture and art history as well as her Shug Kisses Celie, one of the newest works to enter The Westmoreland’s collection.

About Mickalene Thomas 
Mickalene Thomas is a painter, photographer, videographer and collage artist from Brooklyn, New York, whose artistic vision draws on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, identity, beauty and power. Thomas is best known for creating mixed media portraits of women, using a variety of materials such as acrylic, enamel and rhinestones.

Her recent solo shows include exhibitions at the Baldwin Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Dayton Art Institute, and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. Her works are in numerous international public and private collections including, but not limited to: The Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Recently, Thomas was awarded the 2019 Pioneer Works Visionary Award and has garnered multiple grants and prizes, including the USA Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow (2015); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award (2012); and the Timerhi Award for Leadership in the Arts (2010).

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