Hank Willis Thomas Opens at Transformer Station





Transformer Station
Opening Sat, Dec 14 12 – 5pm

Hank Willis Thomas uses photography, video, the web, and installations to examine how history and culture are framed, who is doing the framing, and how these factors affect our views of society. One of the most thoughtful, provocative young American artists of our time, Hank Willis Thomas’s largest museum show to date is on view simultaneously at the Cleveland Museum of Art and at the Transformer Station until March 9, 2014.


The Transformer Station hosts a five-screen video installation, Question Bridge: Black Males. This collaborative project invites viewers to witness an intimate dialogue between black men from a wide range of backgrounds. Through questions and answers that are pointed, poignant, humorous, painful, and revealing, these men begin to redefine black male identity in America.

In an adjoining gallery, a survey of photographs from several of Thomas’s past series, plus a selection of new works by the artist, accompany an emotionally powerful video by Thomas and Kambui Olujimi, Winter in America. The film employs stop-action animation and G.I. Joe figures to act out the shooting death of Thomas’s cousin during a robbery. The artists, who played with similar toys themselves, have come to believe that they breed “a culture of violent thoughts for young boys who are invited to author violent scenarios before they can even read.


The Truth Booth will be at the Transformer Station all day Saturday!


Record your answer to the eternal question, “What is the truth?” inside the giant inflatable speech bubble and video recording booth known as the Truth Booth. A collaborative project of Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Alexiev, and Jim Ricks, the Truth Booth has been traveling the world, and most recently was in Afghanistan. Click here to watch videos of people’s answers and to learn more.



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