Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…
February 8 - April 20, 2020
“The most revolutionary thing a person can do is be open to change.” - Hank Willis Thomas
Who controls the frame, controls the narrative. Combining familiar images from sports and advertising with histories of art and politics, conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas examines popular culture, and how art can raise awareness in the ongoing struggle for social justice and civil rights. Featuring 70 artworks including photographs, sculptures, and mixed media, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… is the first comprehensive survey of this acclaimed and award-winning artist’s career.
At the same time that the Momentary, a satellite contemporary art space of Crystal Bridges, is making its grand opening, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… provides another opportunity to see an exhibition that underscores the importance of contemporary art in approaching complex topics and thinking critically about the world around us.
Created by the Portland Art Museum, this exhibition includes Thomas’s well-known Branded series of artworks. His global public art project In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) was featured in downtown Bentonville in 2016.
Thomas’s work is in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. He has been an instructor in the MFA program at Yale University and the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship award winner.
This exhibition is organized by the Portland Art Museum, Oregon.
Phillips, Esther Silver-Parker, Deborah Wright, Arkansas Humanities Council,
and Kate & Greg Schaffer
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Hank Willis Thomas, Raise Up, 2014, Bronze, 112.2 x 9.84 inches. © Hank Willis Thomas, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.