Hank Willis Thomas


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Hank Willis Thomas / Africans in America

Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce Africans in America, a three-part project curated by Hank Willis Thomas. The focus of the project is on artists who are African immigrants or first generation Americans of African parents living in the United States. Africans in America will launch in 2015 and alternate between Goodman Gallery spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town leading up to the Gallery’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Thomas is a photo-conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has a longstanding interest in the strains and connections between Africa, America and related notions of diaspora and home.

Hank Willis Thomas in Sugar Hill

Work by Hank Willis Thomas features within a new project by the organisation No Longer Empty titled If You Build It. The project takes root in Sugar Hill – the legendary epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance and is presented in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities at their newest site, designed by architect David Adjaye. Reflecting an integrated approach to housing and architecture, the project forges connections between art, architecture, community, and activism. The exhibition address cycles of urban decay and regeneration; building community through shared heritage; immigration and displacement. The exhibition runs at the corner of 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Sugar Hill, New York City until 10 August 2014.

Hank Willis Thomas at Brooklyn Museum

Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative video installation created by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. The work is being shown at he Brooklyn Museum in New York. The four collaborators spent several years traveling throughout the United States, speaking with 150 Black men living in 12 American cities and towns, including New York, Chicago, Oakland, Birmingham, and New Orleans. From these interviews they created 1,500 video exchanges in which the subjects, representing a range of geographic, generational, economic, and educational strata, serve as both interviewers and interviewees. Their words were woven together to simulate a stream-of-consciousness dialogue, through which important themes and issues emerge, including family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence, and the past, present, and future of Black men in American society.

The exhibition runs from 13 January to 3 June 2012.

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In Context at Iziko National Gallery

In Context was originally conceived by the Goodman Gallery as a series of site-specific exhibitions and interventions in and around Johannesburg over the period of the FIFA World Cup in June 2010. The exhibition travels to Cape Town and will be presented at Iziko South African National Gallery as a single and cohesive exhibition. Curated by Liza Essers, the exhibition will present work by a diverse group of international and South African artists who explore the dynamics and tensions of place, in reference to the African continent and its varied and complex iterations, and to South Africa in particular. The works – wide-ranging, frequently provocative – engage with a number of pressing questions about space, context, and geography.

This installment of In Context features work by Ghada Amer, El Anatsui, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Kader Attia, Candice Breitz, Loris Cecchini, Mounir Fatmi, Jenny Holzer, Robin Rhode, Yinka Shonibare, Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse, Hank Willis Thomas and Kara Walker.

The exhibition runs from 27 November 2010–13 March 2011. For more information visit www.iziko.org.za or call +27 (0)21 467 4673.

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Press for Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas / Wanted Magazine / May 2010

Flipping the Script by Nadine Rubin Nathan (5 MB)

Hank Willis Thomas / The Wall Street Journal / New York / 25 June 2014

No Longer Empty's 'If You Build It' Opens at Harlem's Sugar Hill: Group Holds Exhibits In Places That Rarely See Contemporary Art by Jessica Dawson (377.5 KB)

Hank Willis Thomas / Art South Africa / South Africa / Issue 4 / June 2014

Hank Willis Thomas, History Doesn't Laugh by Thsolofelo Moche (596 KB)

Hank Willis Thomas / Business Day Live / Johannesburg / 6 March 2014

Series of new takes on old images suggests that context is the key by Chris Thurman ()

Hank Willis Thomas / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 4 March 2014

'History Doesn't Laugh' For Hank Willis Thomas by Garreth Van Niekerk ()

Hank Willis Thomas / Time Lightbox / United States / 19 April 2011

Erasing Type: Hank Willis Thomas on What Advertisements are Really Saying by Time Photo Department (239 KB)
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    Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh

    Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh

    Hank Willis Thomas / All Things Being Equal...

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    Eat Me

    In Other Words

    Winter Show / Joburg

    In Context

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