Contemporary Art Series: Hank Willis Thomas: History Doesn’t Laugh

When:
May 6, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
2015-05-06T18:00:00-04:00
2015-05-06T18:30:00-04:00
Cost:
Free
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Hank Willis Thomas

Due to construction on Atheneum Square North, please enter the museum through the Avery entrance from Prospect Street. Directions and Parking.

One of the most provocative and innovative conceptual artists of today, Hank Willis Thomas discusses the impact of photography on his work and explores how the concepts of spectacle and display connect to notions of African American identity and commodification.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the reinstalled Contemporary Art galleries and attend a public reception.

Free and open to the public.

Facebook event here.

About Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris, Annarumma 404 in Milan, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, among others.

Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003, digital c-print photograph, Gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs in honor of Susan Talbott, 2014.14.1
Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003, digital c-print photograph, Gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs in honor of Susan Talbott, 2014.14.1

Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the High Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport; the Birmingham International Airport; the Oakland Museum of California; and the University of California, San Francisco.

Recent notable exhibitions include Hank Willis Thomas at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strange Fruit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Picture Windows: Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Sanford Biggers at the International Center for Photography, and the Istanbul Biennial. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

 

The Contemporary Art Series is generously sponsored by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation