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Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series: Mickalene Thomas

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Mickalene Thomas
Malike Sidbe, 2023.

In partnership with the University of Arkansas School of Art, join us in the Great Hall for the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture. Crystal Bridges is pleased to welcome multimedia artist Mickalene Thomas to the Great Hall for a conversation with Chief Curator Austen Barron Bailly. Thomas’s acclaimed body of work invites consideration of the complexities of Black female identity in Western culture. Her work includes Guernica (Resist #3), 2021, on view in the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Expand your knowledge and join the dialogue as we explore the intersection of art, society, and the human experience. See you there!

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About the Speaker

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas was born and raised in New Jersey and lives and works in New York. One of the most influential artists today, her innovative practice has yielded instantly recognizable and widely celebrated aesthetic languages within contemporary visual culture. Not only do her masterful mixed-media paintings, photographs, films, and installations command space, they occupy eloquently while dissecting the intersecting complexities of black and female identity within the Western canon. Outside of her core practice, Thomas is a Tony Award-nominated co-producer, curator, educator, and mentor to many emerging artists. While embarking on her own monumental solo shows, she simultaneously curates exhibitions at galleries and museums. Thomas’s work has become an undeniable force within the contemporary art world and an indispensable inspiration to younger generations of artists.


About the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series

The University of Arkansas System is the official home for the administration of the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures program. The program was established in 1972 and endowed by friends of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller to assist faculty at six universities in obtaining outstanding visiting lecturers to communicate ideas that stimulate public discussion, intellectual debate, and cultural advancement.