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 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, which opened 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, Jeffrey Gibson, Eric Gottesman, Christine Sun Kim, Muna Malik, Joiri Minaya, Koyoltzintli Miranda-Rivadeneira, Kambui Olujimi, Hank Willis Thomas, Marie Watt
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.
Another Justice: US is Them—Hank Willis Thomas | For Freedoms is organized by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, with support from Brianna Hernández, Curatorial Fellow, and is co-curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Carly Fischer.
The exhibition is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer; Alexandra Stanton and Sam Natapoff; Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins; Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder; George Wells; Scott and Margot Ziegler; Caroline Hoffman; The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family; and Storm Ascher, Superposition Gallery.
We are also grateful to Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London; and Pace LA for their in-kind support.
The Parrish Art Museum’s programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.