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Join Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s The Reid Report, and 30 Americans Artist Hank Willis Thomas for an intimate conversation about art, life, and the historical and persistent stereotypes that afflict people of color in the media. The conversation coincides with the closing weekend of the ongoing 30 Americans exhibition.
The discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception with Ms. Reid and Mr. Thomas, sponsored by MSNBC, from 5pm to 7pm in the CAC’s First Floor Gallery. Cuisine is being provided by Palate New Orleans.
Please note that tickets to the conversation and the reception are sold separately.
Joy Reid is the host of MSNBC’s The Reid Report. She is also the managing editor of TheGrio.com, a political columnist for the Miami Herald, and editor of the political blog The Reid Report. She has worked in television and radio news since 1998, including for WTVJ and Fox station WSVN. Reid is a graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in visual arts with a concentration in documentary film.
Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist whose work focuses on themes related to identity, media, and popular culture. By incorporating recognizable icons into his work, many from well-known advertising and branding campaigns, Thomas is able to talk explicitly about race, class and history in a medium that almost everyone can decode.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world including the Birmingham Museum of Art; the Musée du Quai Branly and the Galerie Anne De Villepoix in Paris; the Annarumma 404 in Milan; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Thomas received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and African studies from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography and another in visual criticism from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Born in Plainfield, NJ, 1976
Lives and works in New York, NY, and San Francisco, CA
The world of advertisement—and all the sociopolitical implications it has regarding race, gender, and class—provide the launching pad for Hank Willis Thomas’ bold photographs. Sometimes, his works include autobiographical information, as in Priceless #1, which riffs off the famous MasterCard slogan yet depicts the funeral of his murdered cousin, Songha Willis.