Artist in Person: Hank Willis Thomas

One of the most provocative and thoughtful artists of our time, Hank Willis Thomas sees his work in photography, video, and installation as an opportunity to address issues of race and identity as approached in advertising and popular culture. The artist first spoke in Cleveland in 2012 and returns to discuss his latest work and collaborative projects on the occasion of his solo show Hank Willis Thomas, on view October 20–March 9 in the museum’s photography gallery and December 14–March 8 at Transformer Station.

Tomorrow, Thomas speaks at the Cleveland Museum of Art in person in a special guest lecture. But first, he sat down to chat with us about his influences, messages, and mediums of his work. Check out his shout-out in the clip below!


Tickets to Hank Willis Thomas' lecture are $15. Thanks in part to support from Nesnadny + Schwartz, admission is free for CMA members and students (with ID at ticket center). Additional support provided by University Circle United Methodist Church. Reservations required. To reserve, click here.

 More from our interview with Hank Willis Thomas coming soon! 

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