Lava Thomas

born Los Angeles, CA 1958
Also known as
  • Lavynell Thomas
Los Angeles, California, United States
  • American


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A photograph of a figure looking at Requiem for Charleston at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The other day, my colleague, Libby, and I walked through the museum in search of an artwork we could talk about. And though each artwork has a story to tell, Lava Thomas's "Requiem for Charleston," the artist's response to the church massacre at Mother Emanuel in 2015, spoke the most to us, in a quietly powerful way (if such a thing is possible).