Art House is the only digital art collection open to the public in the Southwest—and one of very few in the United States. Algorithmic, interactive, and virtual artworks from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation are on view year-round, rotating seasonally. We are open during our gallery hours and by appointment. There is no admission fee, and school and group tours can be arranged in advance during both regular hours and by appointment.
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Collecting Digital Art: Highlights + New Acquisitions
The Thoma Foundation features ongoing seasonal installations of contemporary artworks from the digital art collection and new acquisitions of historic importance. Our pioneering digital and electronic art collection spans the global history of computer art of the past sixty years, representing artistic innovations in custom-coded software, internet-connected and real-time animation, early computer drawing, interactive technology, video installation, electronic sculpture, and works utilizing LED and LCD displays.
“LORNA” BY LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON
Lorna by Lynn Hershman Leeson, made from 1979-84, is regarded as the first interactive video artwork ever created. It was originally produced on laserdisc, the most advanced video technology in the early 1980s, which the artist customized beyond its normal functions. A video game of life’s choices, Lorna represents the crossroads we face in our digital era: is technology liberating or alienating? Slip into the world of Lorna, a fictional, middle-aged woman too obsessed with TV to leave her apartment. Thirty-six user-selected paths lead you through the character’s grim desires and glossy distractions.
Also showing: Judy Chicago’s film Women and Smoke, California, 1971-72. This video documents a series of performances that Chicago choreographed in the California landscape which combine colorful bodies and smoke bombs to create paintings off the canvas.