Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? (Comedians and Singers)
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Portland Art Museum 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205
The Portland Art Museum is pleased to present the recently acquired video installation Do I Look Like a Lady? (Comedians and Singers) by internationally renowned artist Mickalene Thomas. Thomas’s work addresses themes of beauty and identity expressed through the myriad subjectivities of African-American women.
The Museum is particularly honored to collect a work by Thomas, who lived in Portland as a young adult. She often speaks of visiting the Museum to see an exhibition of Carrie Mae Weems’s work in 1994, and how that formative experience enabled her to see herself reflected in the art and led to her decision to become an artist. This exceptional story points to the impact of art and the possibilities that can be inspired inside museum galleries everywhere.
Image credit: Mickalene Thomas, Do I Look Like a Lady? (Comedians and Singers), 2016.