Thomas exhibit to open Feb. 8 at Crystal Bridges

Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

"Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…" will open Feb. 8 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville . Picutred is "The Cotton Bowl," from the series Strange Fruit.

BENTONVILLE -- Who controls the frame, controls the narrative. Combining familiar images from sports and advertising with histories of art and politics, conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas examines popular culture, and how art can raise awareness in the ongoing struggle for social justice and civil rights.

Created by the Portland Art Museum and featuring 70 artworks including photographs, sculptures and mixed media, "Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…" is the first comprehensive survey of this acclaimed and award-winning artist's career.

The exhibition, which opens Feb. 8 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, includes Thomas' well known "Branded" series of artworks.

Thomas' work is in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others.

He has been an instructor in the master of fine arts program at Yale University and the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship award winner.

This exhibition is organized by the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and will be available through April 20.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays. It is closed Tuesdays. General admission to the exhibit is $5 plus tax or free for members, veterans and youth 18 and younger.

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