Pitch Blackness: A Look at Past and Present Visual Culture Presented by Hank Willis Thomas
Sunday, November 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Speakers: Hank Willis Thomas
Event Type: Photography
Location: B&H Event Space
Join Hank Willis Thomas as he gives an Artist’s Talk at B&H, followed by a book signing of his Aperture monograph Pitch Blackness. Hank employs the language of popular culture and advertising in his work to talk explicitly about race, class and history in a way that is accessible and easy to decode. During his lecture at the B&H Event Space, he will discuss his work as an exploration of the affects of past visual culture as it intersects with our current world view - often creating correlations between African American historical challenges and the present. Come discover how Hank creates images that bring history forward with relevance to our experience of race, class and gender as conditioned by popular culture.

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Speakers
Hank Willis Thomas

One of today's most compelling emerging artists, and most notable for his highly provocative series B®ANDED, addressing the commodification of African-American male identity. Willis Thomas holds a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in photography—along with an MA in visual criticism—from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. His work has been shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; PS1, New York; and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; among other venues. He is the recipient of the first Aperture West Book Prize.

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