Creating Monuments For Healing

2020 ⸱ 

Hank Willis Thomas


Artist Hank Willis Thomas has long been fascinated by the power monuments and memorials have to shape and define culture. Hank shares his path to creating sculptures that reframe public spaces into places for private contemplation, civic engagement and healing. Grounded in universal themes of hope, love and unity, Hank’s talk asks us to participate in a future where all people and their stories are celebrated and shared.

About the speaker(s)

Hank Willis Thomas, MA/MFA, is a conceptual artist focusing on themes relating to perspective, identity, commodity, media and popular culture. Hank’s permanent public art pieces includeRaise Up at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice,Unity in downtown Brooklyn, New York, and the soon to be realized,The Embrace, a monumental sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King’s arms locked in embrace which will be placed in Boston Common as a testament to the power of collective action. 

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