Question Bridge: Black Males

Courtesy of the artists and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Photographer Hank Willis Thomas–the first ever recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize–along with Chris Johnson, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair,  spent the last several years traveling cross-country, collecting video interviews from hundreds of black males across a wide range of socio-economic strata. Now on display at the Brooklyn Museum and four other locations around the country, Question Bridge: Black Males, weaves 1500 video exchanges by 150 men from 12 different cities who have never met into a wildly innovative “stream of consciousness dialogue,” across multiple screens and platforms.  Elements of chance, spontaneity and audience participation work to deconstruct dominant stereotypes of black males in the collective consciousness.  Jesse Williams, their Executive Producer, discusses this project and the prospect of future Question Bridges in an interview with Indiewire.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Exhibition on view:
Now through Sunday, June 3, 2012

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Exhibition on view:
Now thru Sunday, July 8, 2012

City Gallery at Chastain
135 West Wieuca Road, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30342

Exhibition on view:
January 27 – March 17, 2012

Sundance Film Festival 2012
1825 3 Kings Dr
Park City, Utah 84060

Exhibition on view:
Now thru January 29, 2012

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah

Exhibition on view:
Now thru May 19, 2012

This monumental transmedia installation is not Thomas’ first exploration of the crisis of black male identity in the United States. His deeply personal, grim, but darkly humorous first monograph Pitch Blackness brought him wide recognition as one of the most compelling artists emerging today. A limited edition print of his 2011 photograph, After Identity, What? is now available for purchase at Aperture.