Hank Willis Thomas on His Text-Based Artwork

The visual artist told us about his I Am a Man series and how he uses language to reach audiences.

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HWT: I am doing a public art commission for the Birmingham airport. My project Question Bridge: Black Males is traveling a lot in 2013, to at least seven different venues. It's currently at the Project Row Houses in Houston, and I will be going to a lot of the stops on the tour.

Mostly I am just trying to figure out how to be really intentional about what I do rather than get caught up in the whirlwind of things. Living in New York, you always feel that you miss out on something if you are not out and doing stuff and meeting people and all that stuff.

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