Talk and Talk Back: Gallery Talk with Hank Willis Thomas, Atlanta
September 4, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
High Museum of Art, Wieland Special Exhibitions Galleries
Hank Willis Thomas, born in 1976, appropriates images and language from advertising to explore the intersection of commerce and the cultural ambiguity underlying African American experiences. His 2004 thesis, "Swoosh: Looking Black at Nike, Moses, and Jordan in the '80s," explores the process whereby myth or image can become attached to a graphic symbol.
His soon-to-be-completed "Unbranded" series is an exploration of racial typing in capitalist culture. Reproducing 80 images printed between 1968 and 2008 in popular magazine ads targeted to black audiences, "Unbranded" presents text-stripped images in a meditation on the creation and dissemination of stereotypes.
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