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Portrait of Mnonja

Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture (Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC



Mickalene Thomas (born Camden, NJ, 1971)

Portrait of Mnonja


rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel


"Mickalene Thomas creates large-scale paintings of African American women to explore notions of sexuality and race through rituals associated with female beauty. Her models dress up and pose for photographs on a studio set; Thomas works from these photographs to produce finished works. Rhinestones and sequins recall folk art traditions as well as the jewelry and cosmetics that can enhance or mask a woman's identity. Mnonja exudes dignity and self-assurance as she reclines against a wood-paneled background redolent of a seventies-era family room." (source)

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Taken on March 16, 2018