The only museum in the nation emphasizing art by women of the African Diaspora
Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
Through May 20, 2017
Installation view of Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, Spelman College Museum of a Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.
Photography: James Michael Jensen
The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to present Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, an exhibition featuring new work by Mickalene Thomas, as a highlight of its 20th anniversary. For over ten years, Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) has produced sumptuous, ecstatic, and excessively tactile paintings, photographs, collages, films, and installations. Her vibrantly colored portraits of family, friends, lovers, and celebrities mine art history and popular culture alike, claiming a space for the representation of the Black female body as a site of vulnerability, eroticism, power, and self-determination. Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities is organized by the Aspen Art Museum. Click here to learn more.
Mickalene Thomas and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D. Photography: Ben Kornegay, Progressive Images
On February 9 the Museum in collaboration with ART PAPERS and Atlanta Celebrates Photography presented ART PAPERS LIVE: Mickalene Thomas in Conversation with Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D. More than 400 people came to celebrate the southeast debut of Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities. By popular request we are pleased to share the conversation in its entirety.
Videography: Scott King
Yoga in the Museum
Monday, March 6, 2017
Enjoy a yoga class surrounded by works of art in Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities and engage in a practice that emphasizes balance, focus, and strength. Yoga in the Museum is free and open to beginner and experienced yogis. Click here for more information.
Note: The Museum will be closed Monday, March 13, 2017 in observance of spring break.
3 + 1: NAMOUR
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Join us for a special Women’s History month advance screening of Heidi Saman’s award winning film NAMOUR (2016). NAMOUR is a heartfelt exploration of negotiating personal responsibility and moral conviction within the American immigrant community. Click here for more information.
3 + 1: Older Women and Love

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Enjoy a community screening of Camille Billops’ film Older Women and Love (1986), which explores intergenerational relationships and celebrates female sexuality. Immediately following the screening, participants representing the arts, women’s studies, and sexual health will engage Older Women and Love within the context of gender, race, and relationships.
This 3 + 1 program is organized in collaboration with the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library, Emory University.
The Spelman College permanent collection dates to the 1940s and includes more than 350 objects. The growing collection also includes African art and works by celebrated artists of African descent. To honor its unique mission, the Museum acquires art that highlights the wide spectrum of works that women artists of the African Diaspora create. Look forward to a monthly inside peek on a work from the College’s permanent collection.
Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry
Man with Dignity and Woman with Dignity, 2008
Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry (American, b. 1966 & 1964)
Man with Dignity and Woman with Dignity, 2008
From the Whitewash series, 2006-2009
Oil on linen, toner on silk (diptych)
15 x 15 Acquisitions Initiative Purchase, 2012.22.a-b
Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry have worked and exhibited their work internationally. Through their large-scale public projects, performative sculpture, painting, photography, video, and self-portraiture, they explore complex issues revolving around marginalized members of society. They also challenge audiences to face issues of race and social justice in communities, history, and the family.  Embedded within their work, whether it is of an historical, personal, or civic-based nature, is their ability to address the complicated and layered issues of race and power as a mixed-race artists collaborative.  
Man with Dignity and Woman with Dignity are from Whitewash, a series of paintings that examines the history of race in the United States through the depiction of social injustice during the civil rights era. A striking combination of painting and photography, the artists’ distinctive process for this series was inspired by the concept of ‘whitewashing’ as a means of masking the truth. With an almost three-dimensional effect, these doubled images stand as a visual metaphor for the variety of ways that memory and history are both similar and different.
Billie Zangewa (b. 1973, South Africa/Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa)
The Dreamer, 2016
Silk tapestry
54.3 x 50 inches
Purchased with support from the Friends of the Museum
The Museum launched its 20th anniversary with AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life  (September 15 – December 3, 2016), an original exhibition curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., Director of the Museum, and Seattle-based curator Erika Dalya Massaquoi, Ph.D. Thanks to the generosity of Friends, the Museum was able to acquire several works from the exhibition. Billie Zangewa has a very precise practice and she creates less than 10 silk tapestries each year. We are thrilled to welcome The Dreamer, which debuted during AFRICA FORECAST, into the Spelman College permanent collection.
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