“Exposing the Gaze: Gender and Sexuality in Art” exhibition piece “Winter in America” by Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi delivers shocking reminder of American race relations and American violence culture.
If you don’t know the work of Gil Scott-Heron, just listen for a few seconds to understand what you’ve been missing.
The poet and musician died last week in New York. “All I can say about Gil Scott-Heron is that everything that needed to be said about him and the world he lived in – he said,” says artist Hank Willis Thomas. “He did with music what I could only hope to do so sincerely with art.”
Hank Willis Thomas spoke at Duke Friday evening with professor Richard Powell. Thomas’ talk, in conjunction with his new multi-site exhibition at Duke curated by Diego Cortez, explored the artists engagement with images of advertising and black culture as well as delving into recent and future projects. His exhibition is on display at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the John Hope Franklin Center through March 4.