Recently installed on the south-facing façade of the Museum is the 55-foot neon Remember Me (2022) by Hank Willis Thomas (American, 1976)—the first work presented as part of the upcoming exhibition Another Justice: US Is Them. The source material for Remember Me was a vintage postcard the artist discovered from the Amistad Center of Art and Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Connecticut. On one side was a photo of a young Black man in a jacket and tie, holding a rifle, and wearing a hat associated with Buffalo Soldiers—the Black cavalry regiments formed by the U.S. Army in 1866. On the other side were the handwritten words, “Remember me.” With this work, Thomas honors the many individuals who actively participate in society, but who are not often recognized or remembered.
The full exhibition, opening July 24, is organized in collaboration with Thomas and For Freedoms, an artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Another Justice: US Is Them features multimedia work by Zoë Buckman, Pamela Council, Jeremy Dennis, Eric Gottesman, Christine Sun Kim, Muna Malik, Joiri Minaya, Kambui Olujimi, Thomas, and Shane Weeks.
HANK WILLIS THOMAS (b. 1976, Plainfield, NJ; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) Solo exhibitions of his work have been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, NY, the Portland Art Museum, OR; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, among others. Thomas’ work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, and Brooklyn Museum.