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York College Galleries to feature work of Hank Willis Thomas from Jan. 16 - Feb. 18

January 05, 2017
Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas

The York College Galleries will feature the work of photo conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas from Jan. 16 - Feb. 18. The first half of the exhibition, “Unbranded: A Century of White Women 1915-2015,” opens on Jan. 16  in the York College Galleries. The second half will open Feb. 3 in Gallery Hall at Marketview Arts in downtown York. On Feb. 9 Thomas will give an artist lecture at 5:30 p.m. in DeMeester Recital Hall and a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. All events are open to the public free of charge.

Thomas explores notions of virtue, power, beauty, privilege, and desire by selecting advertising portrayals of white women between 1915-2015 and removing text or logos identifying the product being sold. “I think what happens with ads when we put text and logos on them, we do all of the heavy lifting of making them make sense to us,” he said. “But when you see the image naked or unbranded, you start to really ask questions. That's why we can almost never tell what it's actually an ad for because ads really aren't about the products. It's about what myths and generalizations we could attach.”

Thomas works primarily with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. His work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R.  Guggenheim Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed permanently at the Oakland International Airport, The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, San Francisco. He was recently appointed to the Public Design Commission for the City of New York.

The Cora Miller Gallery and Brossman Gallery are located within the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information on art exhibits, check the website at www.ycp.edu/york-college-galleriesor call gallery director Matthew  Clay-Robison at 717-815-6622.