Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal Exhibit
September 4 - November 8
Cincinnati Art MuseumFree – $10
Photo credit: © Hank Willis Thomas, All Things Being Equal
The Hank Williams Thomas exhibit, All Things Being Equal, brings contemporary art and urgent insight to Cincinnati
- All Things Being Equal, the new African American exhibit, at the Cincinnati Art Museum is open until November 8
- Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal is free for everyone on Thursday evenings, but require reservations
- Explore 90 pieces of the Black art in Cincinnati – history, social justice, race, and gender
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal is the newest exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Hank Willis Thomas is an internationally known Black artist whose art promotes civic engagement and enriches public political discourse. See, listen and speak clearly with robust multimedia art addressing equality and the power of joy. The exhibition contains more than 90 works throughout the Cincinnati Art Museum. Works include Thomas’ early photographic series, sculptures, and multimedia that reinterpret the photographic record of historic twentieth-century events. Also, his monumental textile works include prison uniforms and athletic jerseys.
Hank Willis Thomas exhibit tickets range from $5 to $10. Children under 5 are free. Access to this special exhibit is free for all visitors on Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. All Things Being Equal closes on November 8, 2020. All tickets are available at the Cincinnati Art Museum front desk and online.
*Note: To accommodate social distancing guidelines, all guests must reserve a time to see the Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal exhibit.
This massive collection of Black art in Cincinnati encompasses 20 years of Thomas’ career. During his tenure, he chose to explore how the visual languages of popular culture, advertising, and media shape society and individual perspective. Above all, structuring and trading upon notions of race and gender demonstrate his innovative exploration of photography.
Through photography, sculpture, video, and collaborative projects, Thomas invites viewers to examine the role of everyday imagery in perpetuating ideas and become active participants in dismantling bias.
In conjunction with Thomas’ studio and with community partners, the Cincinnati Art Museum explores Thomas’ work in the context of today. During this moment of pandemic and nationwide protest systemic racism, how can we see and challenge the inequality woven into our social fabric? In other words, what more can we learn as a community about the power of art to heal and connect?
The Cincinnati Art Museum will follow evolving public health and safety guidelines. Details about digital, on-site, and off-site programming will be posted on cincinnatiartmuseum.org throughout the summer and fall. Also, a full-color catalog of the exhibition, complete with essays and an artist interview, will be available for purchase through the museum shop.
The Henry Luce Foundation is a proud national sponsor of All Things Being Equal. In addition, Cincinnati sponsors include the Eric and Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, PNC Foundation, Procter & Gamble, FEG Investment Advisors, and FotoFocus.
About Hank Willis Thomas
Thomas’ work is internationally known and can be seen in the Brooklyn Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art. Also, Thomas is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship award winner. His career includes being an instructor in the MFA program at Yale University and Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently, he is a member of the Public Design Commission for the City of New York.
Thomas was recently chosen to design Boston’s Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial. This project is in conjunction with MASS Design Group. He holds a B.F.A. from New York University, New York, N.Y. (1998) and an M.A./M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Calif. (2004). Furthermore, he has an honorary doctorate from the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, Md. and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, Maine. In 2016, Thomas became co-founder of For Freedoms, an organization that uses art to promote civic engagement.