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[Postponed] Lea K. Green Artist Talk | Titus Kaphar & Hank Willis Thomas

Headshots of Titus Kaphar & Hank Willis Thomas, 2020 Lea K. Green honorees

Titus Kaphar by Merik Goma, Hank Willis Thomas by Andrea Blanch

Mar 12, 2020

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037

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Please note, the upcoming Lea K. Green Artist Talk with Titus Kaphar and Hank Willis Thomas at The Schomburg Center on March 12 is postponed.

Out of an abundance of caution, due to heightened concerns around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Studio Museum in Harlem has made the decision to postpone this event. Please be assured that when we are able, the Studio Museum will announce a future date. Further updates regarding Studio Museum programming will be released through our regular channels, including our website and social media (@studiomuseum).

For the fifth annual Lea K. Green Artist Talk, The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to honor Titus Kaphar and Hank Willis Thomas at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The evening's program will feature a conversation between Kaphar, Thomas, and Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum.

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. His collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth), and For Freedoms, an artist-run initiative for art and civic engagement. In 2017, For Freedoms was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Thomas is also a recipient of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2018), Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize (2017), the Soros Equality Fellowship (2017), and is a member of the New York City Public Design Commission.

Titus Kaphar is a painter and sculptor whose practice examines the history of representation. He received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and is a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2014 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, 2015 Creative Capital grant, 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant, 2018 Art for Justice Fund grant and the 2018 Rappaport Prize, among others. In 2015, Kaphar’s commitment to social engagement led him to move beyond traditional modes of artistic expression to establish NXTHVN, an arts incubator and residency program based in New Haven, Connecticut. Kaphar’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AK, 21C Museum, multiple locations, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, Florida, amongst others.

The Lea K. Green Artist Talk brings together exceptional artists and cultural luminaries annually for critical dialogues on art and society. Previous honorees for the Lea K. Green Artist Talk include Carrie Mae Weems (2016), Jordan Casteel (2017), Amy Sherald (2018), and Dawoud Bey (2019).

The Schomburg Center and the Langston Hughes Auditorium is accessible to wheelchairs. Please contact The Schomburg Center immediately for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Requests can be made by calling 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or e-mail accessibility@nypl.org.

We are no longer accepting online RSVPs for this event.  After the event begins at 7:00pm, any seats that have not been claimed will be released regardless of registration. 

Hanging half loose from its stretcher, a portrait of Thomas Jefferson reveals an image of a black woman behind it, in artwork by Titus Kaphar
Bust portrait of a black woman looking at the camera by Hank Willis Thomas
Graphic poster with image behind text that says Freedom Plaintiffs Pleaded, a work by Titus Kaphar
Big comb structure in the dessert, depiction of a work by Hank Willis Thomas

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Titus Kaphar, Behind the Myth of Benevolence, 2014. Image courtesy of Titus Kaphar Studio.

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Hank Willis Thomas, “Who Can Say No to a Gorgeous Brunette?,1970/2007. Image courtesy of Hank Willis Thomas Studio.

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Titus Kaphar, Untitled (from the Redaction project), 2019. Image courtesy of Titus Kaphar Studio.

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Hank Willis Thomas, All Power to all People, 2018. Sculpture installation at Burning Man. Photograph by Lonnie Graham. Image courtesy of Hank Willis Thomas Studio.

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