Mickalene Thomas' 'Origin of the Universe'

Mickalene Thomas; Din, une très belle négresse #2, 2012
Mickalene Thomas; Din, une très belle négresse #2, 2012

(The Root) — Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist Mickalene Thomas will be taking her talents to the Brooklyn Museum in the form of her first solo museum exhibition, "Origin of the Universe."

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For this exhibit, Thomas brought together 90 of her most recent works, including a film about her mother, a mural, mixed-media portraits and installations of furnished domestic interiors. She visually articulates black female beauty and sexual identity using rhinestones, colorful acrylic embellishments and collage-inspired methods. Her pieces are a combination of portraiture, landscapes, female nude and still life, with 1970s-inspired settings.

"Origin of the Universe" will run from Sept. 28, 2012, to Jan. 20, 2013, in the museum's fourth-floor Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing.

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