Lockwood Thompson Dialogues

This annual series, funded by an endowment from the late Lockwood Thompson, a former Trustee of the Library, brings guests of national and international reputation to Cleveland for insightful, interactive and thought-provoking conversations around relevant topics of art and contemporary culture.


hankHank Willis Thomas’ photography, conceptual art, transmedia installations and video works primarily reflect themes of identity, history and popular culture. His transmedia project Question Bridge: Black Males facilitates a dialogue between a critical mass of black men from diverse backgrounds and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine black male identity in America.

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


YarbroughYarbrough paintingAlvin “Dante” Yarbrough
Alvin “Dante” Yarbrough was born in East Cleveland, Ohio. His paintings are largely figurative abstract, mixed media works imbued with Dante’s strong messages to people, particularly African American youth.
Friday, September 25 • 7:00 p.m | Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch


DouglasDouglas_paintingEmory Douglas
Douglas was politically involved as Revolutionary Artist, then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from February 1967 through the early 1980s. His art and design concepts graced the front and back pages of the Black Panther newspaper, reflecting the politics of the party and the concerns of the community.
Saturday, September 26 • 2:00 p.m. | Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch