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by women of the African Diaspora
2019/2020 Exhibition Season
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Fall 2019

Magnetic Fields, 1991 
 Oil on canvas. 70.5 x 150 inches. 
 Courtesy the Estate of Mildred Thompson and Galerie Lelong & Co., New York
“Magnetic Fields,” 1991
Oil on canvas. 70.5 x 150 inches.
Courtesy the Estate of Mildred Thompson and Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

American abstract artist Mildred Thompson (1936 – 2003) spent much of her early career in Germany and France in response to the racial and gender discrimination she experienced in the United States. In 1986 she accepted an invitation to be an artist-in-residence at Spelman College. She resided in Atlanta for the remainder of her life where her painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, writing, and musical explorations expanded into the dynamic oeuvre for which she is now becoming acclaimed. Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1986 – 2003, is the artist’s first large-scale, interdisciplinary solo exhibition in the city.

Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1986 – 2003 is an original exhibition organized by the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., Director, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and Melissa Messina, Curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate.

Spring 2020

Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved. Photo: Isaac Sutton
Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC.
All rights reserved.
Photo: Isaac Sutton

Theaster Gates: The Black Image Corporation explores the legacy of the Johnson Publishing Company archive. Curated by artist Theaster Gates (born 1973, lives in Chicago), this exhibition features photographs by Moneta Sleet Jr. and Isaac Sutton who were both renowned Johnson Publishing Company photographers. Gates reimagined and redeployed never-before-seen images of women from the company’s rich collection. In this participatory exhibition, visitors will be encouraged to freely handle this extensive visual archive and invited to engage directly with these compelling and varied representations depicting Black women in their everyday lives, historical moments, and studio settings.


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