Carl and Marilynn Thoma have been collecting art since 1975. They believe passionately in the power of art to enrich life, to teach and to deepen understanding of the cultures, places and times of which we are a part. Inspired to make contributions with broad yet personal impact, the Thomas established the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation with the goal to support innovative individuals and pivotal initiatives in the fields of art in which they collect. As their collections have evolved, they have contributed increasingly with their personal involvement and financial support to the development of exhibitions, symposia and publications, and the formation of fellowships, awards and endowed professorial chairs. Sign up for our email list at http://thomafoundation.org/purpose/contact-us/
Mission: The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation recognizes the power of the arts to challenge and shift perceptions, spark creativity and connect people across cultures. We lend and exhibit artworks from our collection and support innovative individuals and pivotal initiatives in the arts.
Thanks for the coverage, Washington Post! We are proud to support "Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965-2014" at The Kreeger Museum with a loan from the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. #HinmanStructures is on view until July 31.
‘Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965-2014’ is the 86-year-old artist’s first D.C. retrospective.
Thank you to Artforum for the coverage of this exciting news. The Thoma Art Foundation is proud to announce the permanent endowment of a curatorial position devoted to the art of the Spanish Americas at The Blanton Museum of Art. The Marilynn Thoma Associate Curator, Art of the Spanish Americas position is currently held by Dr. Rosario I. Granados.
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin was gifted $2 million from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation to establish a permanent endowment for a curatorial position devoted to art of the Spanish Americas. It is the first endowed position at the museum. The post is currently fi...
The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art. McKenzie Wark, a writer who challenges the value systems of internet culture, has been awarded a grant in recognition of their sustained dedication to the field as an established arts writer; Legacy Russell, a writer who advocates black excellence in digital art, has been awarded a grant for her exceptional promise as an emerging arts writer.
The 2019 selection committee was composed of three experts in the field: Steve Dietz of Northern Lights.mn, Robyn Farrell of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Dr. Pamela Lee of Yale. Initiated in 2015, the Arts Writing Awards provide unrestricted, merit-based funding in support of writing that advances research, scholarship, and dialogue in digital art.
If you haven't been yet (or even if you have), be sure to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland moCa, which offers free admission to all. We are proud to support moCa's OPEN HOUSE initiatives through funding from our new "Bold Initiatives" grant.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has abolished its admission policy as part of its new Open House initiative, which focuses on diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, in an effort to make the institution more welcoming and collaborative for all audiences. Free admission will be instituted o...
We're delighted to share the news of this generous gift from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.
ACQUISITION HIGHLIGHT: “Portable God” by Nam June Paik
The Thoma Art Foundation is pleased to acquire our second artwork by Nam June Paik (1932-2006), a pioneer of video art. Paik developed his own video-editing synthesizer and truly innovated its subfield of TV Sculpture, as seen in “Portable God,” a 1989 artwork of a Buddhist shrine. In this artwork, Paik altered a 19th-century shrine and a Victrola TV cabinet to play video art mandalas in homage to poet Allen Ginsberg. Topped with spiritual offerings, the sculpture embodies a contemporary dilemma: What sacred role does television fulfill in our lives? Paik’s witty artwork celebrates electronic reincarnation and technology’s new possibilities for viewer transcendence.
Over his lifetime, Paik made dozens, if not hundreds, of artworks about Buddhist thought in our technological era. The Westernization of Zen Buddhism by Paik’s peers of the 1950s Beat generation, including Allen Ginsburg, who appears in this video, helped launch cross-cultural exchange after World War II. Explore the Thoma Foundation's collection of digital and electronic art on our website: thomafoundation.org/collection
Image: Nam June Paik, “Portable God,” 1989, single-channel digital video (color, silent), DVD player, 2 CRT monitors, TV cabinet, antenna, altar, and mixed media altar offerings. Photo by James Cohan Gallery.
Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017) was a second-generation Washington Color School painter whose signature style of intersecting colorful dots of acrylic paint soaked into raw canvas participated in the expansion of abstract color theory in the 1960s-70s.
Young’s triptych “Fall of the Rebel Angels” evokes sacred art of the Renaissance—in particular Peter Bruegel’s 1562 oil painting under the same name, which boasts an equally decentralized composition. In this painting, Young’s “fallen angels” appear weightless, floating and whirling around many distinct centers of gravity. The artist’s recalling of art historical references and spiritual metaphors in his paintings expanded the language of strictly formalist painting and reflected his philosophy of bringing order out of chaos.
Young’s paintings are on view at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in an exhibition titled “Kenneth Victor Young: Continuum,” on view until May 26.
Image: Kenneth Young, “Fall of the Rebel Angels,” 1970, acrylic on canvas. In the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Photograph by Osuna Art & Antiques.
It’s the first annual Sculpture Month on Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road. To celebrate, the Thoma Art House will be hosting an all-day Open House on Thursday, May 9. Join us at 231 Delgado Street from 10am-5pm to explore sculptural digital artworks from the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.
Chilean artist Iván Navarro uses electronic light as a sculptural material. Having grown up in Santiago under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, the artist reflects in “Red Ladder (Backstage)” the reality of his life in Chile: “The power went down every other day around nine o’clock at night until five the next morning in order to keep people in their houses and under control…” This artwork, a ladder of fluorescent light fueled by electricity, needs the city’s reliable power grid to operate, calling attention to the massive civic systems that undergrid our shared sense of civilization.
Art House is open Thursdays–Saturdays, 10am-5pm.
Image: Ivan Navarro, “Red Ladder (Backstage),” 2005, red fluorescent lights and electricity. Photo by Phillips.
We're thrilled to support "Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain," opening this month at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Featuring a diverse selection of more than 100 outstanding works produced by leading artists from Spain and its global territories, "Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain" is the first exhibition in the United States to expand the notion of “Golden Age” to include the Hispanic world beyond the shores of the Iberian Peninsula.
Spain’s Golden Age may be defined as the extraordinary moment when the visual arts, architecture, literature, and music all...
Art House, the Thoma Foundation's public exhibition space, is open today! Explore highlights and new acquisitions from the digital & electronic art collection of the Carl & Marilyn Thoma Art Foundation every Thursday–Saturday, 10am-5pm. Here is a visitor interacting with Sabrina Gschwandtner's "Expanding/Receding Squares," a 2014 film quilt made with 16mm polyester film and polyester thread on lightbox.
Art House is located 231 Delgado Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Happy Easter! 🌷🐇🎨 Here is an 18th century painting from the Thoma Art Foundation's Spanish colonial art collection depicting a scene from the Gospels in which Jesus enters Jerusalem.
Images: Unidentified artist, Perú, Cuzco, “Christ Entering Jerusalem,” 18th century, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, photo by Jamie Stukenberg.
Congratulations to The Kreeger Museum on their new exhibit "Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965–2014"! We're proud to loan Hinman's "Happy Landing," a 1974 acrylic painting on curved canvas, from the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.
The Kreeger Museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am-4pm, with several docent-led tours throughout the week. For more information, visit the link below. #HinmanStructures
“Happy Landing” by Charles Hinman, on loan from the collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, will be available for public viewing at The Kreeger Museum's upcoming exhibition “Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965-2014,” opening April 18.
Charles Hinman (b. 1932) is a New York-based abstract painter who pioneered three-dimensional, shaped canvases starting in the 1960s. Hinman is best known for his compositions that emerge from the wall in a collection of hand-built and multi-colored planes, expanding the conventional space of the canvas. Guest curated by Danielle O’Steen, the exhibition offers a look at 50 years of the artist’s innovative work. "Structures" is the first museum show of Hinman’s work in the Washington D.C. area and the first survey of his work in more than 30 years.
On April 18, join us at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for "Power and Play in Virtual Worlds," a lecture and Q&A with Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan, moderated by jonCates. Purchase your ticket in advance and RSVP here: Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan: On Power and Play in Virtual Worlds
Dawn Chan is noted for her incisive writing on media, politics, and identity. Read her 2016 Artforum essay "On Asian Futurism" and see her in person with theorist and digital artist Mary Flanagan this Thursday, April 18. Conversations at the Edge and the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Congratulations to the Whitney Museum of American Art for their successful exhibition "Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018." We're proud to have sponsored this comprehensive and compelling exhibition.
Taking a contemporary perspective, the Whitney is looking back through their collection, reviewing how programming has evolved in modern and contemporary art. Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 begins with early conceptual works from artists like Sol LeWitt, Josef Alber...
We're incredibly proud to have hosted New Mexico School for the Arts' two-day print sale fundraiser in support of the school's arts programming. Who else was blown away by the amazing array of prints? What did you bring home with you?
On April 26, 6-8pm, join us at 927 Baca St. for NMSA's Senior Exhibition opening reception. NMSA's graduating class will present their thesis works in a group show titled "Ipseity," focusing on the students' individual identities and selfhood. @ 927 Baca Street
It's your last weekend to visit "Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018" at the Whitney Museum of American Art. We are proud to be a lead sponsor of this exhibition curated by Christiane Paul, a 2016 recipient of the Thoma Foundation's Digital Arts Writing Award.
The artist’s monumental video wall, featuring a flood of imagery and music from David Bowie, Kraftwerk and others, is on view in “Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018.”
Spend your Saturday with art! Join us today at Art House from 10am-5pm to slow down, sit back, and relax with immersive, interactive, and generative digital artworks.
166 institutions are participating in the 10th-annual event, which encourages visitors to spend 5 to 10 minutes in front of a single work of art
We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of Antonio Asis, a pioneering op artist. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1932, Asis was one of the many Latin American expatriates working in Paris in the mid-20th century. Asis was occupied with the possibilities of perceived movement in static art, particularly sculpture. He is best known for his metal screen sculptures over painted wood ground layers, often called “Vibrations.”
Image: Antonio Asis, “Vibration jaune et noir,” 1964-68, oil on wood with metal screen. In the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.
We're proud to support Dr. Katherine McAllen, inaugural recipient of the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art. This fellowship will "provide McAllen financial support while she takes developmental leave to publish her monograph about how winemaking industries in colonial Mexico and Peru bolstered the production of art within missions." We can't wait to see all that Dr. McAllen accomplishes!
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Dr. Katherine McAllen, assistant professor of Latin American Art History in the UTRGV School of Art, has been awarded the Thoma Art Foundation post-doctoral fellowship for her work in Spanish colonial art.
It's no longer Women's History Month, but we're still celebrating some of the groundbreaking artists in our collection. Can you name #5WomenArtists?
Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999) was one of the five major artists of the influential mid-century California Hard Edge movement. She and her contemporaries—namely husband and teacher Lorser Fietelson—moved from a surrealist style manifested in their early New Deal art commissions to what they deemed a "new classicism." Lundeberg’s work exhibits the same playfulness of composition and palette as the other painters in this modernist movement, but it is not necessarily confined to strictly abstract subject matter.
Lundeberg devoted a major portion of her career to Geometric Abstraction but never fully abandoned pictorial representation, creating evocative compositions of interlocking planes of color that reference Southern California urban and natural landscape or architecture.
Don't miss out - purchase your $5 ticket now for a lecture by Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan, the winners of our 2018 Digital Arts Writing Awards. "On Power and Play in Virtual Worlds," moderated by jonCates, will focus on the social and political dynamics embedded in VR, games, digital art, and software design. See you on April 18, 6-8pm!
"The Body Electric," an exhibition of digital art, opens tomorrow at the Walker Art Center. We are proud to support this exhibition exploring themes of real and virtual, organic and artificial, and moving from the physical world to the screen and back again. "Deep Contact," an interactive touchscreen installation by Lynn Hershman Leeson on loan from the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, will be on view alongside works by Andrea Crespo, Bruce Nauman, Name June Paik, and more. For more information, visit: walkerart.org/calendar/2019/body-electric
Image: Lynn Hershman Leeson, "Deep Contact," 1984-1989, interactive touchscreen installation. Courtesy of the artist.
To celebrate Women's History Month, we're highlighting five groundbreaking artists from the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Can you name #5WomenArtists?
Vera Molnár (b. 1924) is considered a pioneer of algorithmic and computer art. Molnár began making non-representational art early in her career, painting abstract compositions filled with fractured geometric shapes and patterns. In the 1950s, Molnár—believing that she would never have access to a computer with which to create art—invented a systematic process called "Machine Imaginaire." By mimicking the algorithmic input and output of a computer processing system, the artist saw herself as a drawing machine: beginning with a predetermined set of rules, ending with a hand-drawn work of art.
In 1968, Molnár created her first computer-programmed artwork. This shift from drawing by hand to plotter allowed her to completely externalize the algorithmic process and explore technology as a tool to further creative production. Molnár once explained: “This may sound paradoxical, but the machine, which is thought to be cold and inhuman, can help to realise what is most subjective, unattainable, and profound in a human being.” This is reflected in her 1973 plotter drawing “Squares”—a dynamic maze of color, programmed by (wo)man and produced by machine.
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Here's a sneak peek of Leo Villareal's "Particle Field (Triptych)," a live, ever-changing digital work of art. For this monitor-based artwork, Villareal made use of the latest advance in display technology—the OLED screen—capable of individual cell illumination and the deepest black levels yet invented. Join us at Art House for the public unveiling of this spectacular generative piece on Friday, March 22, from 10:00am-5:00pm.
Sneak peek at "Message from Our Planet: Abstract Art in the Digital Age," opening at Orange Door during EXPO CHICAGO! Tours are by appointment—contact us at [email protected] to schedule yours.
Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici
Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici opens today at LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art! Catch this Pacific Standard Time exhibition co-organzined with Fomento Cultural, A.C. through Mar. 18, 2018.
Behind the Scenes: Crating Art
Behind the Scenes: Art handlers prep and crate some of our Spanish Colonial artworks to send to The Blanton Museum of Art for their updated permanent collection "You Belong Here". It's on view and you can see how to visit at the link: http://blantonmuseum.org. #behindthescenes #youbelonghere #tbt