This fall, multidisciplinary artist Mickalene Thomas will unveil a collection of new work in the exhibition Je t’adore, at Yancey Richardson from September 9 through November 11, 2023. In Je t’adore, Thomas presents 12 large-scale mixed media photo collages inspired by her research into the imagery of Black female erotica featured in the calendars of Jet magazine and the pages of the 1950s French publication, Nus Exotique. The exhibition will be Thomas’ first solo exhibition at Yancey Richardson, the culmination of a decade of collaboration begun in 2012 with the gallery’s presentation of tête-à-tête, a group show curated by Thomas. Je t’adore at Yancey Richardson coincides with an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery entitled Mickalene Thomas / Portrait of an Unlikely Space from September 8, 2023, through January 7, 2024.
The Yale University Art Gallery is pleased to present Mickalene Thomas /Portrait of an Unlikely Space, on view from September 8, 2023, through January 7, 2024. Co-organized by the renowned artist Mickalene Thomas (born 1971, M.F.A. 2002) and Keely Orgeman, the Gallery’s Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the project is the first historical-contemporary exhibition of its kind, bringing together a group of small-scale portraits—from miniatures and daguerreotypes to silhouettes on paper and engravings in books—of African American women, men, and children from the pre-Emancipation era. These are placed alongside works in a wide range of media by contemporary artists, including Thomas, who are engaged with similarly intimate subject matter.
Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy, co-founders of Lévy Gorvy, announced today that the gallery will host an international exhibition unfolding across its spaces in four world capitals—New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong—over the course of fall 2021, unveiling interconnected bodies of new work by acclaimed American artist Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, Camden, NJ). This multi-site presentation, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, will feature paintings, installations, and video works that expand Thomas’ decades-long exploration of the Black female body as a realm of power, eroticism, agency, and inspiration, and a vehicle for reformulating familiar visual idioms of modernism inherited from some of the 20th century’s most influential masters. Presented in uniquely designed environments for each of the four locations, Thomas’ exhibition will also include a video made in collaboration with her life partner and muse Racquel Chevremont, an art advisor, curator, and collector.