Mickalene Thomas: A Moment's Pleasure
From November 24, 2019 — May 2021
Mickalene Thomas' immersive two-story installation will transform the BMA's East Lobby into a living room for Baltimore. The experience will extend onto an enclosed terrace where the BMA will host a series of events, such as film screenings, artist talks, performances, workshops, book clubs, and self-care seminars. Influenced by the 1970s and 1980s, Thomas' signature aesthetic incorporates geometric patterns, prints, textures, wood paneling, and shag carpeting, among other nostalgic motifs.
Mickalene Thomas: A Moment's Pleasure is the inaugural Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Biennial Commission that puts Baltimore in the elite circle of Thomas' past subjects, including Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Thomas' photography, collages, and paintings—such as Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe in the BMA's collection—often draw from iconic images in Western art history and pop culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power.