Celebrating Mickalene Thomas

Gupta | Moss Private Residence 9 August 2022
Gupta | Moss Private Residence
On Tuesday, August 9th, Kavi Gupta hosted an intimate rooftop cocktail party featuring rare wine, champagne, and light bites in celebration of Mickalene Thomas.

Mickalene Thomas is one of the most influential artists working today. Her innovative practice has yielded one of the most instantly recognizable, and widely celebrated, aesthetic languages within contemporary visual culture, influencing not only other artists, but filmmakers, advertisers, brand ambassadors, fashion designers, and decorators around the world.

This year marks nine years since Thomas joined the Kavi Gupta family of artists. In that short time, she has radically redefined what it means to be a global, multi-disciplinary visual artist. Not only do her masterful mixed-media paintings, sculptures, and installations command every space they occupy, eloquently dissecting the intersecting complexities of Black and female identity within the canon of Western art history, she has also expanded her vanguard studio practice to include curation, filmmaking, and theater. From the award winning I was born to do great things—her inaugural solo exhibition with Kavi Gupta—to Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure, the spectacular, three-year long, two-story installation that transformed the east lobby of the Baltimore Museum of Art, to her recent debut as a Broadway producer for the seven-time Tony Award nominated production of for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, Thomas’s work has become an undeniable force within the contemporary art field, and an indispensable inspiratio
n to younger generations of artists.