Hank Willis Thomas: Strange Fruit Places New Twist on NBA Strike
Hank Willis Thomas: Strange Fruit exhibit features visual reminders of how American society has commodified Black bodies and made them essentially spectacles and souvenirs.
One of Thomas’ images show a Black basketball player dunking into a hangman’s noose. Another show a farmer in a cotton field imposed on a football facing off with a football player.
Thomas appears and lectures at the Corcoran Monday, November 28 at 7p. Thomas’ exhibit ends Monday, January 16, 2012. Though normally closed, the Corcoran will open and admission will be free on Dr. King holiday.
Also, closing on King Day is Gordon Parks: Photographs From the Collection. Closing Sunday, February 12 is the more publicized, but less provocative 30 Americans exhibit.
Also, read: Not About a Salary, but a Racial Reality: The NBA Lockout in Technicolor
Hank Willis Thomas, And One, 2011. Digital C-print, 96 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, © Hank Willis Thomas. (top)
Hank Willis Thomas, From Cain’t See in the Mornin’ til Cain’t See at Night, 2011. Digital C-print, 30 x 96 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, © Hank Willis Thomas. (bottom)