Hank Willis Thomas in Cleveland

Hank Willis Thomas

Slack Power from Unbranded, 2006. Digital chromogenic print; 47 x 34 1/4 in.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct 20,2013 – Mar 9, 2014
Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America, 1968-2008

Transformer Station, Dec 14, 2013 – Mar 8, 2014
Question Bridge: Black Males and other works

Back in January of 2012 I heard Hank Willis Thomas speak about his work at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Thomas was one of the best artist-speakers I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing. And now he’s coming back for two exhibitions, a lecture and other events. I strongly encourage you to view the exhibitions, hear him speak, and participate in the events. Fantastic stuff. See below for more details (download the brochure: Hank Willis Thomas CMA TS).

“Hank Willis Thomas is one of the most thoughtful, provocative young American artists of our time.  Working in photography and transmedia, he has “branded our collective memory with his studding and evocative imagery…Thomas reveals a cultural treachery of images far beyond Magritte’s purview.” -Andrew Hibbard, Duke University Chronicle

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Scarred Chest from Branded, 2004. Digital chromogenic print, Lambda; 60 x 40 in.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s photography gallery features all 82 works in Thomas’s series Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America, 1968–2008. The Transformer Station hosts the video installation Question Bridge: Black Males, selections from the series Branded and Strange Fruit; the powerful video Winter in America; and new works. The Truth Booth, a traveling inflatable recording studio, will also be shown at locations around Cleveland.

Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. Recital Hall, CMA.

The artist discusses his latest work and collaborative projects. $15. Thanks in part to support from Nesnadny + Schwartz, admission is free for CMA members and students (with ID at ticket center).

DISCUSSIONS: How Advertising Sold Race
Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. Photography Gallery, CMA.
Barbara Tannenbaum discusses Thomas’s altered advertisements with former advertising executive Fred Bidwell.

Flash Perspectives: Hank Willis Thomas
Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. Transformer Station.

Three different perspectives, ten minutes each, on the work of Hank Willis Thomas. Blueprint Roundtables Leaders of various ages from Cleveland’s African American community discuss what it means to be a black male. These discussions are staged in connection with the video installation Question Bridge: Black Males, on view at the Transformer Station. Visit www.clevelandart.org for Roundtable dates and locations.


In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) created by Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, and Hank Willis Thom- as, is a portable, inflatable cartoon speech bubble with the word TRUTH on the side that records responses to the statement, “The truth is. . . . ” The Truth Booth will pop up around Cleveland during the exhibition.

Visit clevelandart.org/CMAtruthbooth or follow #CMAtruthbooth to find out more.



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One Response to “Hank Willis Thomas in Cleveland”

  1. Hank Willis Thomas Talk at Cleveland Museum of Art | CSU Photo Says:

    […] Read Steven Litt’s review of the exhibition on cleveland.com. See a list of related events on CSU photo. […]

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