Where to see NBA-inspired artwork during All-Star Weekend

CLEVELAND – If you’re a fan of art and basketball, this exhibit is for you. During NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, fans can head to the Caxton Building, just three blocks from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and see the works of Hank Willis Thomas, a renowned black artist who has partnered with the NBA and Bleacher Report for a new series of works entitled “New Black Aesthetic”.

The works, featured in the exhibit during NBA All-Star Weekend, highlight the intersection of art and basketball.

What makes this series so unique is the median – five handmade quilts that each feature a legendary black athlete from NBA history – Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant – who centralize the league logo.

But a sculpture of Juwan Howard’s arm is a must-see. Thomas 3D scanned Howard’s arm for the model.

“It’s actually the first time it’s been exhibited on this scale,” Thomas said.

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Thomas hopes the exhibit will spark conversations about art, culture and their intersection with the NBA.

“I really think it’s the start of a new conversation about empowerment in the league. Obviously something that’s always been discussed, but I think having artists as well as players and fans really pushing the talk is great,” Thomas said.

Open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., fans can head to the Caxton Building located at 812 Huron Road to view the unique art exhibit. Admission is free for all.

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Christopher S. Washington