This MLK Day, The Citizen will collaborate with The Durham Hotel to screen two video works that engage Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The Cause Collective’s Along the Way (2007) is a mosaic made up of over 1500 videos that evokes the diversity and myriad experiences that build a vibrant community. In Hank Willis Thomas’s recent project, A person is more important than anything else (2014) celebrates the work of groundbreaking writer and activist James Baldwin, weaving audio, images and video “in a fluid-moving, digital stream of consciousness that connects Baldwin’s 20th century discourse with the concerns and urgencies of the 21st.”
The works will be on view in the 2nd Floor Mezzanine Screening Room of The Durham Hotel. This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be available for purchase, and the lobby coffee shop will be open all day for coffee, tea, pastries, and cocktails.
Children are welcome, but please note that there are a few instances of adult language used in A person is more important than anything else.
The CAUSE COLLECTIVE is a team of artists, designers and ethnographers creating innovative art in the public realm. Their projects explore and enliven public spaces by creating a dynamic conversation between issues, sites and the public audience. By exploring ideas that affect and shape society, they seek to add the "public" back into public space and art.
HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Galerie Michel Rein in Paris, Studio Museum in Harlem, Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed permanently at the Oakland International Airport, The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, San Francisco. He is also and a recipient of the New Media grant from Tribeca Film Institute and New Media Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography for his transmedia project, Question Bridge: Black Males. Recent notable exhibitions include Hank Willis Thomas at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Repetition and Difference at the Jewish Museum in New York. He was recently appointed to the Public Design Commission for the city of New York.