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De Blasio Nominates Alum Hank Willis Thomas to Public Design Commission

De Blasio Nominates Hank Willis Thomas for Painter Seat of Public Design Commission | ARTnews.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his nominations for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission. Among them is the artist Hank Willis Thomas, nominated for the Painter seat of the PDC.

Hank Willis Thomas, The Cotton Bowl, series: Strange Fruit, 2011

Willis Thomas is a sculptor, photographer, and installation artist best known for his conceptual photos that explore issues of identity, race, media, and popular culture.

According to a press release from the City of New York, the Mayor’s nominations have been submitted to the City Council for approval. [read more from Art News]


Other big HWT News:

Beyoncé features Hank Willis Thomas on her website in celebration of Black History Month.

Hank Willis Thomas @beyonce.com



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Alumni Update: Mid January 2015

Here’s your one-stop shop for the new work, projects, events and exhibitions being done by our DPI alums.

• TONIGHT! Linzi Silverman (’10): If you are free tonight Thursday, January 15, please come join the Brooklyn Collage Collective and Linzi at Sugarlift in Bushwick (200 Morgan Ave, BK) between 7pm-10pm for the CUT & PASTE show. There will be great art and good drinks.

• Ashley Valmere (’07) is participating in an exhibition at Stanford Art Gallery from January 13 to March 1. Ashley will have several large prints on the subject of man’s relationship and interaction with nature. Details.

Come April, another exhibition at Embark Gallery called “What Grows Here” will feature 5 of Ashley’s photos on the topic of the California drought. The show runs from April 10 to May 10, 2015. Details.

• Alexandra Diracles (’07) and Vidcode will be launching their stop motion movie making kit this coming March at SXSW EDU! (March 9 – 12, 2015) Come check out the display at the Playground if you are going to be in Austin during the festival. Details.

In April, Vidcode will be hosting a Teen Girl Hack Day. It’s going to be a truly unique hackathon! Think music videos, artists, cinematographers, interactive documentaries, and stop motion shorts throughout the weekend, all using code! Details.

Wyatt Gallery (’97) has an opening reception for his new work SUBTEXT, next Wednesday January 21st 6-8pm at Foley gallery at 59 Orchard Street in the LES. This is all new large-scale work and a new printing process for Wyatt that most people think are abstract paintings but are in fact photographs of what’s left behind when print advertisements are removed from their spots in NYC subway stations. Also on view at Foley Gallery are two works by the collaboration of Wyatt and DPI alum Hank Willis Thomas.

• Margeaux Walter (’06), working with ’14×48′, an art organization that re-purposes advertising billboards for public art works, has a piece that plays with the WWII phrase “Keep Calm, Carry On.” Margeaux’s piece is currently posted at Greenpoint Ave and 46th Street in Queens, NY, map.

Richard Renaldi (’90) shares his lifelong love of the color pink. Fellow DPI alum Susanne Shaheen writes about his recent work, not with 8×10 film but an iphone, exploring the “lush and cheerful” hue. Details.


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If You Build It

Exciting site-specific exhibition happening in Washington Heights this summer:

“If You Build It” exhibition, organized by No Longer Empty, includes installations, photography, and performances by more than twenty local, national, and international artists. Featured are alumnus Hank Willis Thomas, faculty Bayeté Ross Smith, and former staff Sonia Louise Davis, Alumnus Petrushka Bazin Larsen, program manager at the Laundromat Project, contributed an essay to the catalog.

The works in the exhibition address cycles of urban decay and regeneration; building community through shared heritage; immigration and displacement; the longing for home in all its senses; and the vast economic disparities that plague our cities.

The multi-floor exhibition leads visitors from the ground floor to the ninth and back finally to the third floors where additional works, installations, and apartments are curated by invited neighborhood organizations.  The project will incorporate multi-disciplinary cultural events and the next editions of No Longer Empty’s signature education programs—the Y.Dot Youth Docent Program, Teens Curate Teens in partnership with ArtsConnection, and No Longer Bored Family Days. Check website for info.

“Caesar’s Visa” by Hank Willis Thomas. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Holland Cotter writes in the NY Times 

In 2009, when a bad economy left commercial spaces vacant across New York City, an itinerant nonprofit art group called No Longer Empty started filling some of them — a storefront on West 23rd Street, the closed-up Tower Records on lower Broadway — with art. This summer, the organization adds a twist to its mission by working on premises that have yet to be occupied, an in-progress 13-story affordable-housing complex called the Sugar Hill Building located on West 155th Street in Washington Heights.

Sponsored by Broadway Housing Communities and designed by David Adjaye, the development won’t open until the fall. But for the next month, it has exhibitions installed on two floors, and in a ground-level space that will eventually be the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.
[read rest of review]

No Longer Empty’s mission is to widen the audience for contemporary art, to promote socially conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art. We do so by presenting professionally curated, site-specific art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints. read more

If you are in NYC, go see it: 155th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, NYC 10032
Thursday–Friday 3–7pm & Saturday–Sunday 1–6pm
Wednesday by appointment.
On view until August 10, 2014

Be sure to check out No Longer Empty’s website to learn more what they are doing and artist opportunities.

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