News

Grants & Awards

Net Art Anthology

The Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to Rhizome to support Net Art Anthology, an online exhibition retelling the history of net art from the 1980s to the present day. Launched on October 27, 2016, Net Art Anthology addresses a field of artistic practice in which even the most influential works often fade into obscurity as Read more....

Lectures & Symposia

New Ways to See: Digital Art Criticism Now

Nov 29, 2016

November 29, 2016 – Christiane Paul and Nora Khan—recipients of the Thoma Foundation’s 2016 Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art—discussed current issues in digital art with Ian Cheng and Clement Valla, two artists on whose work they have written. Paul, Khan, and the artists talked about topics explored in their respective writings and projects, with a focus Read more....

Collection

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....

Exhibitions

Shadow & Space

Two new exhibitions are on view at Orange Door, Chicago. Shadow & Space brings together painting and sculpture from the Foundation’s collection in which artists use unconventional materials to find new forms. Inspired by the Light & Space movement of Southern California in the 1960s, the exhibition dovetails on that genre’s innovative use of lighting effects for Read more....

Education

“The First Robot Artist”: On the Life and Work of Harold Cohen

In a conversation recorded at Art House, Santa Fe on August 6, 2016, author Pamela McCorduck and Thoma Foundation curator Jason Foumberg explore the life and legacy of English artist Harold Cohen (1928–2016), who developed Aaron, the first contemporary software program capable of autonomously generating unique paintings and drawings.

Lectures & Symposia

“Collecting in the Age of Futurity”

Sep 23, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. EXPO Chicago RSVP Required here

CHICAGO, IL – Thoma Foundation founder Carl Thoma joins writers, collectors and curators  of digital art in conversation at EXPO Chicago on Friday, September 23 at 12 p.m.

“Collecting in the Age of Futurity” will be chaired by Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Read more....

Collection

Bruce Nauman’s Setting a Good Corner Travels to Oklahoma State University

Aug 08, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA – Just in time for the start of the new academic year, Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will host an artwork loan from the Thoma Foundation.

Bruce Nauman’s Setting a Good Corner (Allegory and Metaphor) is an hour-long video that depicts the artist erecting fence posts on his Las Read more....

Collection

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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Collection

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....

Grants & Awards

Thoma Foundation Announces Research Fellow in Twentieth-Century Abstract Painting

The Foundation announces that Jennifer Cohen has been named our first Research Fellow in Twentieth-Century Abstract Painting. Jennifer is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at the University of Chicago where she is finishing a dissertation titled “Surrealism and the Art of Consumption,” which has been supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Read more....