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May
6
Wed
Contemporary Art Series: Hank Willis Thomas: History Doesn’t Laugh
May 6 @ 6:00 pm
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Hank Willis Thomas

Due to construction on Atheneum Square North, please enter the museum through the Avery entrance from Prospect Street. Directions and Parking.

One of the most provocative and innovative conceptual artists of today, Hank Willis Thomas discusses the impact of photography on his work and explores how the concepts of spectacle and display connect to notions of African American identity and commodification.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the reinstalled Contemporary Art galleries and attend a public reception.

Free and open to the public.

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About Hank Willis Thomas
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 in 2008. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris, Annarumma 404 in Milan, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, among others.

Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003, digital c-print photograph, Gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs in honor of Susan Talbott, 2014.14.1

Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003, digital c-print photograph, Gift of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs in honor of Susan Talbott, 2014.14.1

Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the High Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publicly at the Oakland International Airport; the Birmingham International Airport; the Oakland Museum of California; and the University of California, San Francisco.

Recent notable exhibitions include Hank Willis Thomas at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strange Fruit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Picture Windows: Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Sanford Biggers at the International Center for Photography, and the Istanbul Biennial. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

Contemporary Art Series
Thursday, April 23, 6 pm | MATRIX Artists in Conversation: Michael McMillen & Betye Saar

The Contemporary Art Series is generously sponsored by the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation

 

May
7
Thu
Gallery Talk: Coney Island: A Photographic History
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Homer Page, Coney Island (Couple on Beach), c. 1949, gelatin silver print, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2112. Photo: John Lamberton; © Homer Page

Homer Page, Coney Island (Couple on Beach), c. 1949, gelatin silver print, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2112. Photo: John Lamberton; © Homer Page

Coney Island’s diverse crowds, imaginative architecture, and dazzling attractions have captured the lenses of countless photographers. From Walker Evans to Weegee to Harvey Stein, curator Erin Monroe discusses how the photographic views of “America’s Playground” have changed over time using examples from Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

 

May
17
Sun
Gallery Talk: America’s Playground
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Milton Avery, The Steeplechase, Coney Island, 1929, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Sally M. Avery, 1984 (1984.527). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, New York; © 2013 Milton Avery Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Milton Avery, The Steeplechase, Coney Island, 1929, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Sally M. Avery, 1984 (1984.527). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, New York; © 2013 Milton Avery Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Join Robin Jaffee Frank, Chief Curator and Exhibition Curator of Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, to find out how America’s playground inspired an extraordinary array of artists for generations.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

 

May
21
Thu
Talk & Book Signing with Hayden Herrera
May 21 @ 6:00 pm

listening to stoneAuthor Hayden Herrera discusses her book, Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, an authoritative biography of one of the 20th century’s most important sculptors.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the American galleries and attend a pre-lecture reception.

Free and open to the public.

 

Jun
5
Fri
Gallery Talk: His & Hers of the Colt Collection
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Experimental “Enlarged Caliber” Belt Pistol, s.n. 3, 1858 Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, Hartford Caliber .40 in., barrel 5 1/2 in., overall length 11 in. Bequest of Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt, 1905.1008

Join curator Alyce Perry Englund as she celebrates the wedding anniversary of famed Hartford manufacturer Samuel Colt and his wife Elizabeth with a look at the couple’s firearms and art collection.

Free with admission; meet by the Museum Shop.

 

Jun
18
Thu
Rethinking Abstract Expressionism: Energy Made Visible
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm
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Willem De Kooning, Montauk I, 1969, Oil on canvas, 88 x 77 in., The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1973.46

Using works in the permanent collection, Dr. Robert Hobbs, The Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair of American Art, Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, will illuminate a fascinating and revealing story about Abstract Expressionism’s creative process and its connection to the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the Contemporary Art galleries and attend a pre-lecture reception.

Free and open to the public.