Remember Me Artist: Mickalene Thomas (American, born 1971, M.F.A. 2002)



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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.


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.)

Credit Line

Katharine Ordway Fund

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21st century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.


  • 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.
  • "Acquisitions 2009," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 190, ill.

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chromogenic color prints


Women artists



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