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Judith Bernstein + Mickalene Thomas in Conversation

  • National Academy of Design 5 East 89th Street New York, NY, 10128 United States (map)

The Salon series brings together, “in conversation,” some of the leading voices from the art and architecture world. Drawing directly from the National Academy’s esteemed and extensive membership of over 420 National Academicians, the intimate interview-style of the salons will provide a unique experience for the audience by exploring the interconnectedness of various methods of visual, architectural, and design production.


Judith Bernstein, NA is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship Award recipient and has developed a reputation as one of the most unwaveringly provocative artist of her generation. Her numerous exhibitions have received critical acclaim and referred to as “bravura performances of draftsmanship” and “masterpieces of feminine protest.” Bernstein’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum (NY), The Jewish Museum, amongst others.

Photo by Lyndsy Welgos

Photo by Lyndsy Welgos

Mickalene Thomas, NA is a 2015 United States Artist Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow, distinguished visual artist, filmmaker and curator who has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her work introduces complex notions of femininity and challenges common definitions of beauty and aesthetic representations of women. Thomas’s work is in the permanent collection of the New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, among many others.