Mickalene Thomas, I Was Born To Do Great Things: Kavi Gupta | 835 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL, 60607

19 September 2014 - 31 January 2015

Learn more about Mickalene Thomas' Untitled (Sweater) originally featured in I was born To do Great Things at Kavi Gupta | Washington Blvd. here.


Kavi Gupta is proud to announce its first solo exhibition with New York based artist Mickalene Thomas, entitled I was born To do Great Things. The exhibition will open on September 19th and will be on view through November 16th, 2014 at the Kavi Gupta | Washington Blvd. location.

“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness…” – John Keats

I was Born to Do Great Things are the quoted words of Sandra Bush, Mickalene Thomas’s late mother, a statement that speaks for both the dynamic life that she lived as well as her influence and inspiration on Thomas’s artistic practice as her longtime muse. Bush has been prominent as a subject in Thomas’s works over the past 14 years, inspiring her examinations of identity and style through her magnetic personality and undeniable presence. This presentation of new work explores the personal story of the woman behind the inspiration. This is a story in celebration of womanhood, motherhood, and the power of art as a totem for personal memory, a story in celebration of Sandra.

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