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Maker(s):Thomas, Mickalene
Culture:American (1971-)
Title:Madame Mama Bush
Date Made:2006
Materials:Chromogenic print
Measurements:Frame: 18 11/16 in x 22 3/16 in x 1 3/4 in; 47.5 cm x 56.4 cm x 4.4 cm; Mount: 15 1/4 x 18 3/4 in; 38.7 x 47.6 cm; Image: 15 1/4 x 18 3/4 in; 38.7 x 47.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  EDITION/SIGNATURE/DATE: verso, lwr. r. (black ink): Ed. 3/6 M. Thomas 2006
Accession Number:  UM 2014.4
Credit Line:Purchased with Art Acquistion Funds ©Mickalene Thomas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Currently on view

Label Text:
Exhibition Label, 40 Years / 40 Artists, January 22–March 8, 2015:
Mickalene Thomas’ depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power. She is best known for her elaborate collage-like portraits composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel.
This photograph is a celebration of the artist’s mother and muse, Sandra Bush, a former fashion model and recovered drug addict. - Loretta Yarlow

Speak to Me of Rivers: An Exploration of Race, Identity, and Lived Experience in African American Culture; February 12 - March 3, 2019:
Mickalene Thomas: “How does it feel to be my muse?”
Mama Bush: “It feels good to know that I will live on and be remembered eons from now.”
Mickalene Thomas: “To work with you makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.”
Mama Bush: “My daughter, you have made me the model of the art world.”

domestic space; fashion; feminism; interiors; nudes; sexuality; African American; pose

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Thomas, Mickalene
American (1971-)
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