“Origin of the Universe,” a survey exhibition of Mickalene Thomas’s work, just opened at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s an expanded version of the show that debuted at the Santa Monica Museum of Art this past summer. Don’t miss Roberta Smith’s smart NYT review of the Brooklyn show.
Mickalene Thomas was the lead guest on Episode No. 30 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. We discussed her art, her interest in art history and how her relationship with her mother has fed her work. If you’re interested in the art and themes in the Brooklyn show, you’ll love the podcast.
(Bonus! The photo of Thomas above provides a neat tie-in to this week’s MAN Podcast, which features Carrie Mae Weems. Thomas’s t-shirt — click here to see the large version of the picture and then scroll down a bit — puts Thomas and artists of her generation, including Kara (Walker) and Wangechi (Mutu) in the context of the previous generation of black women artists, including Lorna (Simpson) and Weems.)
Image: Mickalene Thomas by Philip Montgomery for the Wall Street Journal.