Hank Willis Thomas and Deborah Willis: Art as Social Justice @ MAM



 

A Conversation About Art As Social Justice: Hank Willis Thomas & Deborah Willis

Thursday, April 11, 7:30pm

4th Annual Gaelen Family Artist Lecture

Join us for a stimulating conversation about American identity, history, and popular culture with artist and activist Hank Willis Thomas and his mother, artist and photographic historian Deborah Willis.

Hank Willis Thomas co-founded For Freedoms, the first artist-run super PAC, a non-partisan vehicle for participation in the arts to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values. His speech bubble sculpture, Ernest and Ruth, is an iconic work on MAM's grounds. Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and the director of the NYU Institute for African American Affairs and the Center for Black Visual Culture. Moderated by MAM Director Lora Urbanelli. Reception to follow.

Educators earn 2 hours of PD credit.

REGISTER:  $12 members / $15 nonmembers / $5 student with ID / FREE for MAM contemporaries registrant

 

Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender.  Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers and beauty.  Willis is the director of the NYU Institute for African American Affairs and the Center for Black Visual Culture. Read more

Photo: Alice Proujansky

 

 

 

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. His collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth), and For Freedoms, an artist-run initiative for art and civic engagement.  Read more

Photo: Andrea Blanch

 

 

 

 

 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Montclair Art Museum
3 So Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
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