Black Righteous Space

Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976) Black Righteous Space, 2012 DVD, microphone, and Mac mini TRT: 00:60:00 The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee 2015.7

Hank Willis Thomas turns to symbols from popular culture to create work that examines the legacy of slavery in the United States and critiques how people consume objects in their daily lives. Black Righteous Space combines the “stars and bars” of the Confederate flag with the Black, red, and green of the Pan-African flag introduced by the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1920. The installation brings together film, voices of Black cultural leaders, and a centrally located microphone, creating a space for reflection and response.