Acquisition Highlight: St. Francis Xavier, 17th Century

Born in Spain in 1506 to a noble Basque family, Francis Xavier was a companion of Ignatius of Loyola, and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus, a religious order better known as the Jesuits. The two men met while studying at the University of Paris, and in 1540 the order was officially approved Read more....


Acquisition Highlight: Eduardo Kac’s Tesão, 1986/2016

Tesão by Eduardo Kac is an animation carried out in three acts that unfold to spell the artwork’s title, Portuguese slang for “horny.” Created when the artist was 24 years old, Tesão is a message to his then-girlfriend; the graffiti-like message also challenged the commercial and business applications of the network system. As a work of Read more....


Connecting People: Jon Ippolito on Harold Cohen

Here’s one example of how our diverse art collection leads to connections between people and ideas: Jon Ippolito, the recipient of our 2015 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art to an established writer, discussing the work of Harold Cohen in At the Edge of Art, (London: Thames and Hudson, 2006), co-authored with Joline Blais.

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Thoma Foundation Announces Participation in EXPO Chicago

Sep 22, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016

The Foundation announces our participation in this year’s EXPO Chicago Special Exhibitions program with a booth featuring Daniel Rozin’s Selfish Gene Mirror (2015) from the Foundation’s Digital Art collection. Visit us at Booth 120 to meet our staff and learn more about our collection and programs.

In addition our founder, Carl Thoma, will be speaking on the “Collecting Read more....


Acquisition Highlight: Laura Splan’s Squint

Recently acquired by the Foundation, Laura Splan’s Squint is a contemporary tapestry that bridges our Digital and Op Art collections. Squint is a work of optical art, in the sense that the artist’s eye behaviors are recorded in the textile’s pattern. On view beginning September 10 at Arena 1 in Santa Monica, CA, Squint is a data-driven pattern derived from Read more....


Acquisition Highlight: Nam June Paik’s TV Fish

When the Foundation acquired Nam June Paik’s TV Fish earlier this year, one of our first questions was “Who’s going to feed the fish?” Right away, however, it became clear that the piece is so much more than a high tech fish tank, as Jason Foumberg, the Foundation’s curator, explains. TV Fish is featured in Mouse in the Machine, Read more....


Acquisition Highlight: Frank Stella’s Jabłonów II

One of the Foundation’s biggest – literally! – acquisitions in 2015 was Frank Stella’s Jabłonów II, 1971. Jabłonów II, which measures 95 1/2 x 114 inches, is part of the current Power Geometry exhibition on view at Orange Door in Chicago. Jason Foumberg, the Foundation’s curator, tells us about the artwork, its history, and its significance for Read more....


Artist James Córdova on the Art and History of St. Teresa of Ávila

James Córdova joins us in a five-part series about the santero tradition to discuss his St. Teresa of Ávila bultoa recent addition to our Spanish Colonial collection. Here he describes the history of St. Teresa of Ávila and his inspiration for this santo.

View the rest of the series on our Vimeo page.

James is Associate Professor of Art History in Read more....