BOMB is pleased to present an exclusive clip from Mickalene Thomas’s new film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman.
November 14 sees the opening of Mickalene Thomas’s new show, How To Organize A Room Around A Striking Piece of Art at Lehmann Maupin in New York. Split into two locations—Chelsea and the Lower East Side—the exhibition contains large-scale paintings, short films, and a tableau environment. The Chelsea location will screen her new documentary, Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, about her mother and muse, Sandra Bush.
BOMB is pleased to present an exclusive clip of this film, a moving portrait of a woman’s hopes and dreams, her childhood, her battles with spousal abuse, drug addiction and cancer, and her role as a source of inspiration to her famous artist daughter.
Mickalene Thomas: How To Organize A Room Around A Striking Piece of Art at Lehmann Maupin, November 1 – January 5 2013. Chelsea: 540 West 26th Street. Lower East Side: 201 Chrystie Street.
For more information, visit the exhibition’s website.
Check out BOMB’s previous articles on Mickalene Thomas: an interview with her fellow artist and former professor Sean Lander, an essay by artist Kara Walker, and a behind the scenes video of Mickalene Thomas at work in her studio.