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 Thoma Foundation are on view year-round, rotating seasonally. We are open Thursday – Saturday and by appointment, and we welcome visits from school groups.
Collecting Digital Art: Highlights + New Acquisitions from the Thoma Foundation features ongoing seasonal installations of contemporary artworks from the digital art collection and new acquisitions of historic importance, including works by Daniel Canogar, Michal Rovner, Casey Reas, Robert Wilson, Daniel Rozin, Siebren Versteeg, John Gerrard, Josh Tonsfeldt, Ivan Navarro, Guillermo Galindo and others. 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.
The thematic installation Digital Artifacts brings together the work of five internationally renowned artists to consider contemporary digital culture in a wholly new way—from the perspective of future archaeologists uncovering its remnants. Featuring works by artists Michal Rovner, Casey Reas, Guillermo Galindo, Josh Tonsfeldt, and Sabrina Gschwandtner, Digital Artifacts emphasizes the material aspects of technology in a field that increasingly prioritizes simulated experiences in immaterial spaces, as in online communities or multiplayer video games.
TRANSFER Download opened June 15 at Art House in concert with the Currents New Media and Futurition | Santa Fe Festivals. The exhibition features new digital art by fifteen international artists showcased in an interactive display chamber called a hyperspace. Visitors can select artworks to view from a menu within an immersive projection area. TRANSFER Download brings together the latest generation of artists engaging with powerful technologies of 3D animation software, gaming engines, and algorithmic simulation, including Lorna Mills (Toronto); Lu Yang (Shanghai); Carla Gannis (New York); AES+F (Moscow); Claudia Hart (New York & Chicago); LaTurbo Avedon (The Internet); Theo Triantafyllidis (Los Angeles); Alex McLeod (Toronto); Rollin Leonard (Los Angeles); Sabrina Ratté (Paris); Rick Silva and Nicolas Sassoon (Pacific Northwest); Snow Yunxue Fu (Chicago); Phillip David Stearns (New York); Harvey Moon (San Francisco); and Daniel Temkin (New York).
Sunday, June 10, 1 pm: Curator Kelani Nichole gives a free public talk The Networked Avant-garde at SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Peralta), discussing the ways in which the internet has changed the production and sharing of artwork, and how experimental galleries like TRANSFER are disrupting the infrastructure of the art world. The talk is presented by the Thoma Foundation in partnership with SITE Santa Fe and Currents New Media.
Friday, June 15, 5-7 pm: TRANSFER Download opening reception
Eye Contact: Portraits in the Global Age brings together works from the Thoma Foundation’s diverse collections of Spanish Colonial painting and Digital Art for the first time. Eye Contact considers portraiture as a sociological art in which the notion of personhood is subjected to the vicissitudes of globalism. While portraits are commissioned and created to commemorate individual identity, they are repositories—at times unwittingly—of the sociopolitical forces around them: world trade, colonialism, or advances in technology. The three artworks on view span more than two centuries, from 1776 to 2015, and include Robert Wilson’s video portrait of Lady Gaga in the guise of early 19th century French aristocrat Caroline Riviere, styled in accordance with the famous painting of Riviere by Jean Auguste Dominque Ingres; Andrés Solano’s Portrait of Ana Josepha de Castañeda y de la Requere from 1776; and Daniel Rozin’s Selfish Gene Mirror, in which viewers temporarily become the subject via a small camera and Rozin’s customized “Darwinian” algorithm.
location & Hours
Thursday – Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
231 Delgado St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501