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The Contemporary: On Simone Brown & Hank Willis Thomas



Luke Williams (PhD Candidate in Modern, Thought & Literature, Stanford)


Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Rm 216



The Contemporary: On Simone Brown & Hank Willis Thomas


The first Contemporary meeting of the Fall Quarter will take place November 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm in Pigott Hall, Bldg. 260, Rm 216.

Luke Williams (PhD Candidate, MTL) will lead the conversation about Simone Brown's Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness and the work of artist Hank Willis Thomas.

Simone Brown, "Branding Blackness," from Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, pp. 89-129 *Duke UP, 2015

Hank Willis Thomas, "Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America 1968-2008," X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal, 2008


Luke Williams is a scholar, artist, organizer, and critic of twentieth and twenty-first century Black performance and visual cultures. His work, which spans embodiment, portraiture, Afrofuturism, commodification, and the aesthetics of the Black radical imagination, focuses on Black Diasporic art in the Americas and broader Atlantic world. Luke is a PhD candidate in Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford University.  He most recently held fellowships for the Committee of Black Performing Arts at Stanford and the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia.
[Biography updated Nov 5, 2021]

Image credit: Hank Willis Thomas