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Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal...

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Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal...
Cincinnati Art Museum
Fri, Sep 25, 2020
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal...
Cincinnati Art Museum
Sat, Sep 26, 2020
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal...
Cincinnati Art Museum
Sun, Sep 27, 2020
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal...
Cincinnati Art Museum
Thu, Oct 01, 2020
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal...
Cincinnati Art Museum
Fri, Oct 02, 2020
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

About

The Cincinnati Art Museum is honored to present the first major retrospective of leading contemporary artist Hank Willis Thomas (American, b. 1976). Thomas’s bold, thoughtful, and deeply moving artwork asks us to see and challenge systems of inequality that are woven into the fabric of contemporary life, leaving no doubt that art is an essential tool in ongoing struggle for social justice. Spanning nearly twenty-five years of Thomas’s exploration of everyday imagery and its consequences, All Things Being Equal… demands that we look critically at our own society while reminding us that we have the power to speak, listen, hope, and hold fast to joy.

The nearly 100 artworks in the exhibition include sculptures and multi-media works, monumental textile works constructed from reclaimed prison uniforms and athletic jerseys, photographs, interactive video installations and public art projects. As a whole, All Things Being Equal… reflects themes Thomas has examined throughout his career, such as the human toll of gun violence, the impact of corporate branding, the roots and uses of notions of gender and race, interconnected worldwide struggle for liberty and equality, and the importance of participation—in experiences of art as well as in broader civic life. The exhibition also highlights Thomas’s mining of personal and public archives, and his ability to reframe texts, images and materials to connect historical moments of resistance to our lives today.

Photo credits:

  • Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), Branded Head, from the series B®anded, 2003. Chromogenic print, 99 × 52 × 3 inches. Private Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Hank Willis Thomas
  • Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), The Cotton Bowl, from the series Strange Fruit, 2011. Chromogenic print, 50 15/16 × 74 7/16 × 1 1/2 inches. Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum Purchase, W. Hawkins Ferry Fund. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Hank Willis Thomas
  • Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), Black Righteous Space, 2012. Interactive video, dimensions variable. Installation view. Private Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Hank Willis Thomas
  • Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), Strike, 2018. Stainless steel with mirrored finish, 33 × 33 × 9 inches. Private Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Hank Willis Thomas
  • Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), I Am. Amen., 2009. Liquitex on canvas, 25 1/4 × 19 × 1/4 × 2 1/4 inches each. Installation view. Collection of Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Hank Willis Thomas
  • Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), Smokin' Joe Ain't J'mama/Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America 1968–2008, 1978/2006. Chromogenic print, 31.45 × 30 inches. Private Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Hank Willis Thomas

 

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