Heather Hart & Hank Willis Thomas: 60th Anniversary Virtual Program

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
6:00pm — 7:00pm

Artists Heather Hart and Hank Willis Thomas join in a conversation entitled Earth Seed.

About this Event

Since 1960, Storm King has been dedicated to stewarding the hills, meadows, and forests of its site and surrounding landscape. Building on the visionary thinking of its founders, Storm King supports artists and some of their most ambitious works.

Join us to hear artists as they come together to celebrate our 60th Anniversary and discuss the power of art in nature at Storm King and beyond.

Attendees will receive a Zoom webinar link one-hour prior to the event.

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Earth Seed references Octavia Butler’s Book of the Living in Parable of the Talents, “All that you touch, you change. All that you change changes you.” Hart and Willis Thomas will discuss the center of Storm King’s mission, “art and nature” in terms of their own outdoor public artworks and also in terms of change.

HEATHER HART, based in Brooklyn, is a Lecturer at Rutgers University and an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives, and creating alternatives to them through viewer activation. She was awarded grants from Anonymous Was A Woman, the Graham Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Harpo Foundation. Hart’s has exhibited at the Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Toronto, Scarborough. Hart works with Davidson Gallery in New York and she studied at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, Cornish College of the Arts, Princeton University and received her MFA from Rutgers University.

HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. His collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth), Writing on the Wall, and the artist-run initiative for art and civic engagement For Freedoms, which was awarded the 2017 ICP Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Thomas is also a recipient of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2019), Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2018), Art For Justice Grant (2018), AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize (2017), Soros Equality Fellowship (2017), and is a former member of the New York City Public Design Commission.

In lieu of our Annual Gala in New York City, we invite you to participate and support Storm King in a new way this fall. From October 1 – 15, we will celebrate our 60-year commitment to art in nature with free virtual programs featuring Storm King artists, curators, and collaborators, plus an online benefit auction on Artsy featuring works generously donated by Storm King artists.

Visit stormking60.org for more information and to preview the auction.

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