A Visit with Photographer Hank Willis Thomas

hankCleveland Public Library (CPL) will welcome artist Hank Willis Thomas as part of The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues series on Saturday, October 31st at 2:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium on East 6th Street and Superior Avenue.

“This year’s Lockwood Thompson Dialogues has featured exciting visits from prolific and inspiring artists that have introduced our patrons and community to their unique vision,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “The work of Hank Willis Thomas reflects many of the topics that are being discussed in our culture—identity, race, and history.”

Hank Willis Thomas uses conceptual art, media projects, installations and video works in his artwork to portray themes of identity, history, and popular culture. Thomas’ work has been featured throughout the U.S., and abroad, and as recently as March of 2014 his work was featured in the Cleveland Museum of Art. His artwork is also on public display in numerous collections throughout the U.S.

Along with having his artwork featured in many prestigious museums around the globe, Thomas also had his monograph, Pitch Blackness, published in 2008. In addition, one of Thomas’s more inspirational pieces of work, Question Bridge: Black Males, which facilitates dialogue among black men who try to redefine black male identity in America, was awarded a New Media Infinity Award from the Tribeca Film International Center for Media.

The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues began in 2006 as an annual program funded through an endowment set up by the late Lockwood Thompson, a former Trustee of the Cleveland Public Library. The series brings guests of national and international renown to initiate insightful, interactive and thought-provoking conversations around topics of contemporary culture which are relevant to the public.

Saturday, October 31 • 2:00 p.m.
Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium

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