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.
Friday, November 15, 5-7pm
Join us for the opening reception of Lorna, the first-ever interactive video art installation, created in 1979-84 by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Also on view will be Judy Chicago’s iconic 1971-72 film Women and Smoke, California. Art House will be hosting two 15-minute sound art performances by Theo Krantz at 5:45 and 6:45pm.
location & Hours
Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm
231 Delgado St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Free parking behind building
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 fifty 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
Opening November 15, 2019, 5-7pm
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.