Sep 19th 2014

Mickalene Thomas’ first solo exhibition, I was born to do great things, at Kavi Gupta Gallery Chicago will continue her explorations of her mother and muse, Sandra Bush. Following her film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman (2012), the exhibition acts as a portrait of the artist’s mother through her belongings. Taking the form of a domestic installation, Thomas will exhibit a series of bronze works cast from these personal items. Carrying great significance to both her mother and herself, these articles of clothing and jewelry are destroyed through this process of casting and are preserved and transformed into highly finished objects of nostalgia and memory.

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