AEIVA Gallery II Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded
Hank Willis Thomas’ 2005–08 series Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America 1968-2008 decontextualizes advertising images targeted toward African-American audiences in print magazines including Ebony and Jet. For this series, Thomas appropriates and removes all branding from 4 decades of advertising photography. The result is a deceptively simple but shockingly insightful commentary on the ability of advertising to shape our cultural development and perceptions. Using the years of Martin Luther King’s assassination and President Barack Obama’s election as start and end points, Thomas challenges viewers to distinguish between the messages conveyed through text and visual imagery.
James Zingara, director...
Kristine Hurst-Wajszuzuk, soprano Yakov Kasman, piano
**IMPORTANT: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.** Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era,” the legendary...
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