The purpose of this study is to understand how museums can be used as a means of promoting social awareness through the work of African American photographer Hank Willis Thomas. Through the use of surveys administered to museum patrons and an in-depth interview with the curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art, this study intends to uncover the ways in which Americans understand issues surrounding race and ethnicity in America. By studying the ways in which people understand his series Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America, 1968-2008, we can better understand how Americans tend to think, or not think about race in America. The museum space then becomes a platform in which people can talk about controversial topics.
Sociology and Anthropology
Gregory, Olivia, "Conversations in the Gallery: Uncovering Perceptions of Race through the Work of Hank Willis Thomas within a Museum Setting" (2014). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 5936.
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Hank Willis Thomas, museum studies, museum anthropology, race and ethnicity
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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