In her career as photographer and scholar, Deborah Willis has examined the images of African Americans in photography and distilled how those images have affected identity.

Basketball and Chain by Hank Willis Thomas (Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami)

Also in February Willis and her son, Hank Willis Thomas, are the subject of an exhibition at George Mason University.

“Progeny,” first mounted at Columbia University in 2009, is a collaboration with Thomas, whose work was recently exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He also examines cultural identity in advertising and other expressions.

The show will be open Feb. 1-29 in the university’s Fine Art Gallery at the Fairfax campus.