Mickalene Thomas received the Creative Capital Award in 2024. Mickalene Thomas was born and raised in New Jersey and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. One of the most influential artists in the world today, her innovative practice has yielded instantly recognizable and widely celebrated aesthetic languages within contemporary visual culture. She is known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel. Not only do her masterful mixed-media paintings, photographs, films and installations command space, they occupy eloquently while dissecting the intersecting complexities of black and female identity within the Western canon. Outside of her core practice, Thomas is a Tony Award nominated co-producer, curator, educator and mentor to many emerging artists. Apart from her own monumental solo shows, she simultaneously curates exhibitions at galleries and museums and collaborates with corporations and luxury brands. Thomas is also the Co-Founder of SOULAS House, a cultural hub and retreat for Black women, the Co-Founder of Pratt>FORWARD and founder of Art>FORWARD Artist in the Market incubator for post-graduate students.
The Dream Machine Experience is a mixed reality collective, creating visions of a more equitable tomorrow through AI, AR, VR, and immersive installation.Artist Bio
Nona Hendryx is a multimedia artist, musician, and activist who creates work that expands access to technology, freedom, and personal expression.Artist Bio
Mickalene ThomasArtist Bio
Bina48’s Garden was conceived by Nona Hendryx, legendary musician, creative technologist, and multidisciplinary artist. Bina48 is one of the world’s most advanced AI humanoids that shares a mix of memories, values, beliefs from who she was based on, African American woman Bina Aspen Rothblatt, along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. Bina48 has emerged as an aspirational symbol for humanity and an active force in diversifying AI and combatting bias.
In 2024, as a part of Nona Hendryx’s THE DREAM MACHINE EXPERIENCE, the David Rubinstein Atrium will be transformed into an Afro-futuristic garden for Bina48: a public immersive installation designed by Nona Hendryx and multimedia artist Mickalene Thomas in collaboration with floral designer Lutfi Janania.
The Dream Machine Experience
The Dream Machine Experience is a collective of multidisciplinary artists working at the intersection of art, technology, and music. With a series of projects incorporating Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality, they are working collectively to create accessible experiences that center BIPOC voices at the forefront of the developing creative technology fields.
New York, NY
Nona Hendryx received the Creative Capital Award in 2024. Nona Hendryx is an African American Multidisciplinary Artist, Hendryx is notably known for being one-third of the music trio Labelle. Hendryx is an Ambassador for Artistry in Music for Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory. Hendryx has curated and performed in a production of Refrigerated Dreams at Joe’s Pub, Theaster Gates’ 3 day Black Artists Retreat, mounting a celebration of the iconic singer and artist Grace Jones at the Park Avenue Armory and a mind expanding Afrofuturism theatrical performance for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple of Dendur. Currently she is developing Dream Machine an Mixed Reality, Immersive experience which includes Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to premier in 2024. Hendryx is passionate about music, visual art, and technology, and continues to be a prolific artist.