ALUM Hank Willis Thomas current NYC exhibition, Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015, at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea closes tomorrow May 23. It has gotten a huge amount of press which we have excerpted and linked to below.
The essays from the excellent exhibition catalog are online at Africanah
[excerpt from The truth about adverts: selling the White Woman in The Guardian]
Hank Willis Thomas’s work examines the ways in which advertising has fabricated notions of gender and race, and then convinced us all to buy into them. “I always talk about racism as the most successful advertising campaign of all time,” Thomas says. His work serves as a sort of counter-campaign; one that aims to muddy the myths we’ve been marketed. “I want to complicate the way that I’m seen and the way that I look at other people.”
Hyperalleric: The Unchanging Portrayal of White Women in 100 years of advertisements
Brooklyn Rail: Hank Willis Thomas in conversation with Allie Biswas
HANK WILLIS THOMAS, an essay by Shelley Rice
Forbes: Hank Willis Thomas reveals truths about women in advertising