The Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York announced today that Mickalene Thomas will join its board of directors as its 22nd member.
Mickalene Thomas is a contemporary artist who works primarily in film and photography. She has shown in galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Hara Museum in Tokyo; and the Brooklyn Museum, where she had a solo show in 2012-13. She is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York, Kavi Gupta in Chicago, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris.
Thomas is a parent herself and a longtime supporter of the museum. “This is a great opportunity for me to be involved with an institution that my daughter has been involved with since she was two years old,” the artist said in a press release.
The Children’s Museum was founded in 1988 by Kathleen Schneider and moved to its current space, on Charlton Street in SoHo, in 2011. Its permanent collection consists of 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world, some of them dating back to the 1930s. The museum’s current show is “Game On,” which explores the ways in which sports shape our personal and cultural identities. Running through September 4, 2016, it features work by Louisa Armbrust, Zoe Buckman, Dario Escobar, Michelle Grabner, Norm Paris, David Rathman, Christin Rose, Jean Shin, and Hank Willis Thomas.
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