MICKALENE THOMAS: FEMMES NOIRES | AGO, Toronto

Mickalene Thomas,  Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires  (detail), 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires (detail), 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - MARCH 24, 2019
LOCATED ON THE 5TH FLOOR

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires upends and overturns familiar representations and monolithic notions of black women today.

This exhibition, developed in a creative partnership between the AGO and the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, presents a bold collection of Thomas’s  vibrant and politically charged paintings, silkscreens, photographs, time-based media and site-specific installations exploring how  black women are represented in art and popular culture.

The exhibition also highlights Thomas’s collage work and the inspiration she takes from art histories and movements, including Impressionism, Cubism, Dada and the Harlem Renaissance.

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires is the first large-scale solo exhibition by this African-American contemporary artist to be staged in Canada. It will spark timely and urgent conversations about race, representational politics, black celebrity culture and sexuality as seen from a black queer feminist perspective.


Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. For more information, visit their website - this exhibition is included with general admission.

Emilie Croning