Elliot J. Reichert is a Chicago-based curator, critic, and editor.


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Ads Without Additives, On Hank Willis Thomas' "Unbranded" Series

Hank Willis Thomas, "Farewell Uncle Tom," 1971/2007, LightJet Print, 55 x 46 inches / Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Hank Willis Thomas, "Farewell Uncle Tom," 1971/2007, LightJet Print, 55 x 46 inches / Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Ultimately, the question raised by Thomas’ work is not about whether advertisements influence us to consume—we know that they do—but how ads condition us how to regard ourselves and each other not as human beings, but as products.

Breakout Artists 2018: Chicago's Next Generation of Image Makers

Drawing Lessons From A Living History: Mounira Al-Solh at the Art Institute of Chicago