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Hank Willis Thomas

The Truth is I Love You

Hank willis thomas

Thursday, January 26, 2017
5:10 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Watch Video
Open to the public
Free of charge

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo con­cep­tual artist work­ing pri­mar­ily with themes related to race, iden­tity, his­tory, and pop­u­lar cul­ture. After the sense­less rob­bery and mur­der of his cousin, Songha Thomas Willis in 2000, Thomas became known for B®anded and Unbranded: Reflec­tions in Black by Cor­po­rate Amer­ica 1968 – 2008, two series that reflect on adver­tis­ing, race, the sym­bols of com­mod­ity cul­ture, and the impact of vio­lence in African Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties. Thomas’ work is in numer­ous pub­lic col­lec­tions includ­ing the Museum of Mod­ern Art, the Solomon R. Guggen­heim Museum, The Whit­ney Museum, The Brook­lyn Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Wash­ing­ton, DC. His pub­lic projects are numer­ous and include The Truth Booth (with Cause Col­lec­tive), on view at the Cran­brook Art Museum through March 19, 2017. He is a com­mis­sioner for the Pub­lic Design Com­mis­sion of the City of New York, and is rep­re­sented by Jack Shain­man Gallery. Thomas’ 2008 mono­graph, Pitch Black­ness, won the first-ever Aper­ture West Book Prize.

Sup­ported by the Cran­brook Art Museum and the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art.