Interview: Artist Hank Willis Thomas

The prolific artist on his retrospective, "All Things Being Equal," as it makes its final stop in Cincinnati

Black lives matter. While this chant began in 2013 as a response to the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin, it’s a sentiment steeped in the USA’s history and one that artist Hank Willis Thomas has been exploring for two decades. His work takes a careful look at the messages we intercept every day—from advertising to sports to art and beyond—and reconfigures it to expose some …

Kickstarter + For Freedoms’ 50 Billboards in 50 States

Public art through the largest creative collaboration in US history

Known as “The 50 States Initiative,” an epic artistic undertaking has started its funding process now on Kickstarter. The brainchild of For Freedoms, an artist-led non-profit organization founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, the initiative plans to unveil 52 different billboards, one in every US state, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico. It isn’t a partisan activation in any way. Rather, …

Artist Hank Willis Thomas + Summit at Sea’s Political Art

Summit Series commissions a politically-charged photo and video site-specific experience

We are in the lead up to one of the most divisive elections in history, and once again Florida happens to be one of the most divided states. It’s there, situated around both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rallies, one will find a mobile video and photo project by NYC-based artist Hank Willis Thomas—founder of the first ever artist run Super PAC, For Freedoms. Engaging …