The 1800s composition “Vexations,” by Erik Satie, comes with a cryptic instruction to perform the piece 840 times in a row. Many thought that it couldn’t be done, but in the late 1960s, John Cage and some friends decided to give it a shot.
When artist Hank Willis Thomas' cousin was killed over a decorative chain, Hank's life changed - and so did his art. By combining familiar images, like the NBA logo, with 19th century advertisements of slave auctions, Hank created a kind of social commentary on the commodification of the black male body and black-on-black violence. Also on the show: scamming the scammers.