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Various artists on the Prospect.4 Triennial in New Orleans

Four Goodman artists – Alfredo Jaar, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Paulo Nazareth and Hank Willis Thomas – will participate in the Prospect.4 Triennial, titled The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, in New Orleans (18 November – 25 February). Artworks commissioned for Prospect.4 will address themes of identity, displacement and cultural hybridity. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, the triennial acts like a citywide exhibition and is staged at 17 venues around New Orleans, with an emphasis on the Mississippi River waterfront.

Alfredo Jaar and Hank Willis Thomas exhibit work for the FOR-SITE Foundation

Jaar and Willis Thomas are included on the FOR-SITE Foundation’s group exhibition, Sanctuary, at the Fort Mason Chapel in San Francisco (7 October – 11 March). In exploring the notion of sanctuary – both physical and psychological – and how it has been fundamental in shaping a sense of selfhood and social identity throughout human history, the exhibition invites the 36 participating artists, from 22 different countries, to design and present contemporary prayer rugs which reflect on such shared ideas and concepts.

Hank Willis Thomas at the Des Moines Art Center

Willis Thomas participates on a group exhibition, Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, at the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa (7 October – 21 January). The exhibition brings together a group of international artists whose work incorporates gold or another metal disguised as gold because, as glamorous and sought after as gold may be, the metal is capable of suggesting complicated politics and potent symbolism. The works on exhibition embrace both dark and light readings of this glittering metal.

Hank Willis Thomas on group show in Alabama

Willis Thomas exhibits work on a group show, Posing Black Beauty in African American Culture, curated by Deb Willis at Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama (6 October – 8 January). As a traveling exhibition, the show explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture.


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  • 2014 to 2015: Punctum

    2012: Wayfarer series

    2011: Strange Fruit

    2009: 1969 Series

    2001-2011: Branded

    2008: Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America 1968 - 2008

  • Solo exhibitions

    Hank Willis Thomas / Ads Imitate Life / 2017

    Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014

    Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014

    Hank Willis Thomas / All Things Being Equal... / 2010

    Group exhibitions

    the silences between / 2017

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Other People's Memories / 2015

    HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

    Eat Me / 2011

    In Other Words

    Winter Show / Joburg / 2010

    In Context / 2010

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  • Press for Hank Willis Thomas

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Brooklyn Rail / March 2016

    Branded: On the Semiotic Disobedience of Hank Willis Thomas by Sonia K Katyal (515.6 KB)

    YGB / Hyperallergic / November 2015

    All Lives Are Black Lives by Carey Dunne (3 MB)

    Young Gifted and Black / Business Day BDLive / October 2015

    Gifted young artists explore blackness by Chris Thurman (46.5 KB)

    Young, Gifted and Black / City Press / October 2015

    To Be Young, Gifted and Black, by Garreth van Niekerk (1002.5 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The New Yorker / New York / 13 August 2015

    Instagram’s Mark on Public Art BY ANTWAUN SARGENT (332 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Architectural Digest / New York / 14 August 2015

    HANK WILLIS THOMAS’S NEW INSTALLATION ABOUT TRUTH POPS UP IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN By Alexa Lawrence (375.4 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Artnet.news / United States / 9 August 2015

    Hank Willis Thomas Speaks the Truth in 22 Languages By Sarah Cascone (3.2 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Boston Globe / Boston / 30 June 2015

    Hank Willis Thomas’s slick image masks a closed door By Sebastian Smee (167.6 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Campaign / United kingdom / 6 July 2015

    What a decade of ads say about a woman's place by Marian Salzman (117 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Art In America / New York / 3 June 2015

    Hank Willis Thomas By Jean Dykstra (271 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Crave Online / Los Angeles / 18 May 2015

    What makes a white woman a white woman? By Ernest Hardy (1 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Brooklyn Rail / New York / May 2015

    In Conversation: Hank Willis Thomas with Allie Biswas By Allie Biswas (3 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Daily Beast / New York / 3 May 2015

    The Black Artist Who Thinks Race Is Fake By Emily Shire (950.3 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / International Center of Photography / New York / 30 April

    Interview with Hank Willis Thomas for question Bridge By Pauline Vermare (75.4 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Guardian / United Kingdom / 29 April 2015

    The truth about adverts: selling the White Woman By Arwa Mahdawi (2.1 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Town and Country Magazine / New York / 20 April 2015

    101 Years of White Women in Ads by Kevin Conley (4.1 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / www.NPR.org / Washington D.C / 19 April 2015

    Wordless Ads Speak Volumes In 'Unbranded' Images Of Women By NPR Staff (498 KB)

    SP-Arte / Folha de S.Paulo / Brazil / 3 April 2015

    Equal in inequality, Brazil and South Africa lock dialogue in SP-Arte By Silas Marti (769.7 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Huffpost Arts and Culture / United States / 9 April 2014

    How 100 Years Of Advertisements Created The 'White American Woman' By Huffpost Arts and Culture (5.3 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Art News / New York / 7 April 2015

    'Advertising is fueled by prejudice': An hour with Hank Willis Thomas By M.H. Miller (528.3 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Hyperallergic / Brooklyn / 20 March 2015

    Celebrating Photographers of Color and the Collectives That Have Nurtured Them by John Edwin Maso (5.7 MB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Broadway World / United States / 27 February 2015

    Exhibition of Contemporary Art + Collection Opens 3/13 at Jewish Museum By Visual Arts News Desk (117 KB)

    Hank Willis Thomas / The Art News Paper / United Kingdom / 17 February 2015

    “Through a Lens Darkly” aims to show the hidden history of African American artists using the medium By Iain Millar (100.9 KB)

    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)

    Hank Willis Thomas / Wanted Magazine / South Africa / May 2010

    Flipping the Script by Nadine Rubin Nathan (5 MB)