Alma Thomas' Mars Dust, 1972

Alma Thomas
Mars Dust, 1972

Painting

Acrylic on canvas

69.25 x 57.125 in

Unique

Collection of Whitney Museum of American Art; purchase, with funds from The Hament Corporation

Mars Dust was one of a series of paintings that Alma Thomas included in a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972. At age eighty, she became the first African American woman to have a solo show there. Fascinated by the technological advances of the space age, she looked at daily reports of NASA’s Mariner 9 mission to photograph Mars. Huge dust storms on the planet, which initially prevented the relay of images back to Earth, inspired her to make this work. www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/soul_of_a_nati…

Collection of Whitney Museum of American Art; purchase, with funds from The Hament Corporation

Mars Dust was one of a series of paintings that Alma Thomas included in a solo exhibition at the… more

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