Next week, curator Dr. Julie Crooks will discuss the Art Gallery of Ontario’s solo exhibition Femmes Noires by African-American contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas. Thomas’s first large-scale exhibition in Canada sparks timely and urgent conversations about race, representational politics, Black celebrity culture and sexuality as seen through a Black queer feminist perspective.

From Thomas’s collage work and the inspiration she takes from popular art histories and movements (including Impressionism, Cubism, Dada and the Harlem Renaissance), Crooks will address Thomas’s exploration of how Black women are represented in art and popular culture.

This AGO Talk takes place at Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St.) on February 28 from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is on a first-come/first-served basis, so don’t be late. Get all the info here.