Hank Willis Thomas at Haverford

Last Friday, January 25, was the opening of OPP: Other People’s Property in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford. The exhibit, which includes photos, sculptures and film, survey’s the career of photo conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas. Thomas’ work explores visual languages used by advertising and popular culture and looks at contrived ideas of beauty in race and gender-based identities.

Curator Kalia Brooks and artist Hank Willis Thomas

Thomas, along with the show’s curator, Kalia Brooks, was on hand to speak at the opening, which was well attended despite the snow and ice. “The crowd over over 130 people were really excited to get first-hand insight from the artist and curator into the work and exhibition themes,” says Campus Exhibitions Curator Matthew Callinan of the hour-long talk.

The crowd at the talk; photo by John Muse
Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies, HCAH, John Muse
Thomas
Artist-in-Residence, HCAH, Vicky Funari, Thomas and Campus Exhibitions Coordinator Matthew Callinan
A viewer taking in the opening

OPP will remain in the gallery through Friday, March 8, and was made possible through support from the John B. Hurford ’60 center for the Arts and Humanities and the Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies Program. You can read more about the exhibit here.

Thomas and Brooks

Photos, unless otherwise noted, by Lisa Boughter.

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