Kenyon College

A Moment’s Pleasure in Black and White


Mickalene Thomas
(American, b. 1971).

A Moment’s Pleasure in Black and White, 2006.
22 x 26 inches.
Courtesy of the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz.

Mickalene Thomas creates numerous photographs as plans for her larger embellished paintings and print collages, swathed in crystals and sequins, saturated colors, and patterns. A Moment’s Pleasure in Black and White is a preliminary photograph for a painted composition. The stark black and white collision of patterns draws us in to Thomas’ ultimate fascination. More than an intense conglomeration of visual layers, we are seduced by Thomas’ concerns with race, female sexuality, and desire. Rather than looking demurely away from the viewer, these sensual protagonists confidently meet our gazes; whether male or female.

Emily Sussman ‘15