As the Aspen Art Museum’s 2015–2016 Gabriela and Ramiro Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence, New York–based artist Mickalene Thomas has developed a new body of work in the medium of film and video. The AAM’s exhibition Mentors, Muses and Celebrities recasts and reconfigures notions of beauty, gender, race, and representation. Thomas uses the copy-and-paste sensibility of her paintings and collages to edit portraits of women together, creating a larger narrative of what it means to be a woman in the world today.
AAM exhibitions are made possible by the Marx Exhibition Fund. General exhibition support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Visiting Artist Fund.
Support for Mickalene Thomas’s residency and exhibition is provided by the Gabriela and Ramiro Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence Fund. Mickalene Thomas’s Mentors, Muses and Celebrities is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit arts.gov.