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Photography
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Artist: Mickalene Thomas, American, born 1971, M.F.A. 2002

Remember Me

2006

Chromogenic print

image: 99.9 × 125.4 cm (39 5/16 × 49 3/8 in.)
framed: 129.5 × 153.7 cm (51 × 60 1/2 in.)
Katharine Ordway Fund
2008.109.1

Mickalene Thomas’s complex portraits foreground femininity, beauty, race, sexuality, and gender. Although she is best known for her bejeweled paintings of Black women in powerful and provocative poses, Thomas is drawn to the immediacy and realism of photography. Her photographs include details—such as the faint impression left by a sock on the woman’s ankle in Remember Me—that reveal the constructed nature of the image and point to the fact that her subjects are not airbrushed models but real women. Thomas often creates sets for her works, evoking the decor and fashions from the 1960s to 1980s as well as the social, political, and cultural currents of the period, including the civil rights movement, second-wave feminism, and the Black Is Beautiful movement.

Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
21st century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Photographs
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 190, ill.

Lisa Hodermarsky et al., On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2021), 276–77, no. 66, fig. 1.

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