Alumnus Hank Willis Thomas – Creative Time Reports

“What Is Common to All of Us?”
Redefining Black Male Identity

by Hank Willis Thomas

Creative Time Reports.

Drawing from his collaborative transmedia project “Question Bridge: Black Males,” the artist Hank Willis Thomas examines the racial context of the 2012 killing of Jordan Davis as the man who shot the 17-year-old Florida resident, Michael Dunn, is retried for murder.

Screenshot from “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a collaborative transmedia project of Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair.

Every person has a “day of infamy” in his or her life. For the parents of Jordan Davis, that day was November 23, 2012. For the parents of Trayvon Martin, it was February 26, 2012. For the parents of Michael Brown, it was August 9, 2014. For me, it was February 2, 2000—a Tuesday. That was the day I lost Songha Thomas Willis, my cousin, roommate, best friend and, for all intents and purposes, big brother. He was shot dead in front of dozens of people during a robbery in which he did not resist. [read more]

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‘Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration’ A Panel Discussion


“Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration”, an exhibition project, is an innovative approach to the act of collaboration and community participation with the making of art, curated by Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas. 

Panel artists include Sonia Louise Davis, Lonnie Graham, Richard Renaldi, Lorie Novak, Kemi Ilesanmi and The Laundromat Project, Bayeté Ross Smith andQuestion Bridge Interactive, Zun Lee, and Shane Aslan Selzer.

The panel discussion will take place:
Monday, September 29th, 6:30pm
at The Nathan Cummings Foundation

475 Tenth Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018


Space is limited. To reserve, please email

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A Kickstarter from DPI Alum Alexandra Diracles to Help Get More Young Women into Coding


From DPI and ITP alum Alexandra Diracles:

Dear Friends and Family,

I’m really proud to share our Vidcode Kickstarter campaign with you:  VIDCODE KICKSTARTER

A lot has been happening with Vidcode over the last few months:

-4.0 schools accelerator
-A soft live launch this summer with 2,000 online users currently
-Recent support and working space from the NYU Poly incubator

We’ve received great support, advice, and inquiries from outside organizations like LittleBitsGirls Who CodeHopscotchMaker StateScriptEdNational Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT)HackbrightGirl Scouts of America and Amplify, to name a few.

Please check out our Kickstarter page and PLEDGE.  Quantity of supporters makes a huge difference and no pledge is too small:

After you’ve pledged please share with your networks.  This is a big step for us, and a critical one for us to deliver Vidcode to schools with an expanded curriculum.  Here is our campaign share page for twitter and FB:

Thanks so much for your continued support!

p.s. Here is tweet text if you find it helpful:Vidcode teaches TEENS computer programming by enabling them to customize Instagram videos with CODE

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DPI Alum Quetzal Maucci Featured in the NYTimes Magazine


DPI alum Quetzal Maucci has a project, begun at Tisch, featured in the NYTimes Magazine. Through portraits, text and interviews Quetzal explores the lives of the ‘Children of Immigrants.’ See the full project at the NYTimes website.

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For Prospective Students: An Exclusive Portfolio Review Day with DPI

The NYU Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging is hosting our second annual portfolio review day for prospective undergraduate students. This event is produced in conjunction with the Tisch Open House on the same date.

This event is specifically offered for prospective undergraduate freshman and transfer students to receive feedback on photography portfolios. Each participating student will receive an individual appointment to meet one-on-one with a Tisch representative for a 15 minute review.

Portfolio Review 2014-Poster

Participants must RSVP to receive their individual review appointment. 

The RSVP will register you for the Portfolio Review Day. Registered visitors will receive a confirmation email with their individual review appointment. Participants must RSVP and receive a confirmation with their individual appointment in order to participate in this event. Only the photographer receiving a reviewshould RSVP. Parents and other guests accompanying the photographers are not required to RSVP for the portfolio review.

Please bring 10 to 15 pieces of original work. You may bring up to 3 examples of non-photo based work (paintings, sketches, sculpture, etc.) If you wish to share your work digitally, please bring your own fully charged laptop or tablet.

Please note: Portfolio Review Day is a part of NYU’s Open House events and will not be linked to your admissions portfolio should you decide to apply to NYU.

RSVP and details Here!

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ISO Issue #11 Release Tonight + Will Steacy Artist Talk

ISO Magazine will be hosting a release party in the Riese Student Lounge of 721 Broadway tonight at 6pm. Also included will be an artist talk by DPI Alum Will Steacy at 7pm. Click here for the Facebook Event.


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Artist talk: DPI Alum Mike Rothfeld, and others at YBCA

Mike Rothfeld, “I stopped believing in them some time ago… but they’re still here.” 2014. Installation detail. Dimensions variable
Image courtesy of Phocasso/John WIlson White and YBCA.

Stairwell’s Walk & Talk @ YBCA
Saturday, September 13, 2-4 pm
Part of Bay Area Now 7

Amy M. Ho and DPI alum Mike Rothfeld will be in conversation with Stairwell’s (Carey Lin & Sarah Hotchkiss) about our BAN7 projects. From Mike:

Together, we will expand our notion of stairs, stair-related structures and the possible category of un-stairs. Activities will include: competitive stair climbing, the digital teleportation of an artist from Japan to San Francisco and discussion about the suspension of both paper-mâché and disbelief, among other fascinating subjects.
Stairwell’s has a limited number of free tickets* for those of you who want to attend. Email with the subject line “BAN7” and they’ll reserve a spot for you (while supplies last).* Otherwise, regular admission to YBCA is $10

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Now 7 is on view from July 18th – October 5th

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Opening Thursday! DPI Faculty and Staff Exhibition

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An exhibition of works created by the faculty and staff of the Department of Photography & Imaging in the Emerging Media Group at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts will open September 2nd and run through October 9th, 2014. Widely ranging from traditional black-and-white and color photographs and scholarly publications to net art, video and other multi-media, the exhibition embraces a wide range of perspectives and media.
The 2014-2015 faculty and staff include Ulrich Baer, Matthew Baum, Michael Berlin, Wafaa Bilal, Terry Boddie, Isolde Brielmaier, Kalia Brooks, Mark Bussell, Edgar Castillo, Iliana Cepero Amador, Charlotte Cotton, Yolanda Cuomo, Erika deVries, Thomas Drysdale, Brandy Dyess, Cate Fallon, Adrian Fernandez, Kara Fiedorek, Nichole Frocheur, Mark Jenkinson, Whitney Johnson, Elizabeth Kilroy, Elaine Mayes, Editha Mesina, Charles Nesbit, Lorie Novak, Paul Owen, Karl Peterson, Christopher Phillips, Shelley Rice, Fred Ritchin, Joseph Rodriguez, Bayeté Ross Smith, Abi Roucka, Cheryl Yun-Edwards, and Deborah Willis.

Opening Reception:

On view September 2, 2014 – October 9, 2014
721 Broadway, open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays

Thursday September 11th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Gulf + Western Gallery (1st Floor, rear lobby) and 8th Floor Gallery
721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003


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African-American Photography [update]

 “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” , a film by Thomas Allen Harris inspired by the book “Reflections in Black” (2000), by DPI Chair Deborah Willis’s is playing at Film Forum until September 9 and is getting a great deal of media attention:

Interview on the Tavis Smiley Show with Deborah Willis and Thomas Allen Harris

‘Through a Lens Darkly,’ on African-American Photography
film review by A.O. Scott,

Interview with Thomas Allen Harris and Deb Hillis on WNYC.

Alumnus Hank Willis Thomas is one of the featured artists in the film

Alumnus Hank Willis Thomas is one of the featured artists in the film




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DPI Alumnus Brett Myers & Youth Radio

Alumnus Brett Myers is a producer for Youth Radio, based in Berkeley, CA. He was recently in Ferguson, MO during the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown. He produced this story with young journalist Myles Bess that was featured on NPR > On Ferguson’s Streets, Echoes Of Another Fatal Shooting.

Myles Bess, a reporter and producer with Youth Radio, has been reporting in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on Aug. 9. Bess lives in Oakland, Calif., and in 2009, he lived through the aftermath of the police shooting of another unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant. [read and hear story]

More Youth Radio following Ferguson.

While in Ferguson, Brett also took photos which can be seen on flickr.

Link to more stories on Youth Radio produced by Brett Meyers

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