Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design

  • Photo by Andrea Blanch

Silverstein Photography Lecture: Hank Willis Thomas

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 6:30pm
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Kislak Center: Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion 

Join the Undergraduate Fine Arts program for a presentation that is part of the Howard A. Silverstein and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Lecture Series, featuring artist Hank Willis Thomas. This public lecture program is focused on supplementing the wide-ranging photography curriculum that is available to Penn students as well as to engage the vast arts-based community on campus and the wider Philadelphia community. 
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including the International Center of Photography, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Michel Rein in Paris, among others. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed permanently at the Oakland International Airport, The Birmingham- Shuttlesworth International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, San Francisco. He is also a recipient of the New Media grant from Tribeca Film Institute and New Media Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography for his transmedia project, Question Bridge: Black Males. Recent notable exhibitions include Hank Willis Thomas at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Repetition and Difference at the Jewish Museum in New York, Public Art Fund’s Image-Objects in City Hall Park in New York, and Primary Sources at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. He was recently appointed to the Public Design Commission for the city of New York. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.