November 6, Valencia, CA
In collaboration with the Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series

ArtChangeUS@CalArts Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Hank Willis Thomas

Monday, November 6

Arts in a Changing America and the Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series proudly present a public lecture by renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, November 6, 2017 from 7 to 8pm in room F200 at the California Institute of the Arts. Connecting a conceptual practice with social mission, Hank Willis Thomas has harnessed the impact of collective engagement around art as a way to build conversations and disseminate information.

View the live stream archive of the event below!

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, among others. His collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth), and For Freedoms which Thomas co-founded in 2016 as the first artist-run super PAC. For Freedoms was recently awarded the 2017 ICP Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Thomas is also the recipient of the 2017 Soros Equality Fellowship. Current and upcoming exhibitions include The Beautiful Game at Ben Brown Fine Arts, his first solo show in London, and Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp in New Orleans. Thomas is a member of the Public Design Commission for the City of New York. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and a MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. He has also received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Thomas lives and works in New York City. (

ArtChangeUS and Paul Brach Visiting Lecture Series Staff with Hank Willis Thomas after his talk at CalArts, November 6, 2017

This Event is part of ArtChangeUS@, a series of curated performances/talks/workshops/interventions that ask: What does a changing United States look like on the ground? How are arts and culture being expressed by people and communities across the country?