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....


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....

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....

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....


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....

Grants & Awards

Research Fellowship in Twentieth-Century Abstract Painting

Chicago, IL – The Foundation is pleased to announce a new fellowship to support research on twentieth-century abstract painting. The fellowship will provide an emerging scholar unique access to the Foundation’s exceptional collection of mid-twentieth century abstract, geometric painting for the purpose of pursuing an independent research project.

The Foundation’s collection features artworks from 1950–1979, from North 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....

Related Activities

Meet the Staff: Anna Stiles

Collections Manager Anna Stiles joined the Foundation team in September 2015. Based in Chicago, Anna handles the logistics of the Foundation’s artwork loans, acquisitions, and the maintenance of the collection in Chicago – no small task when that collection includes over 500 works of art!

THOMA FOUNDATION: Tell us a little about yourself. What did you Read more....


Power Geometry: painting & digital art from the Thoma Foundation collection

Power Geometry: painting & digital art from the Thoma Foundation collection is a thematic exhibition that begins with the fact that geometric shapes have visual power, but it does not end there. The phrase Power Geometry, adapted from globalism studies, is based on the premise that artists have the power to maneuver cultural narratives into visual Read more....

Lectures & Symposia

John Gerrard: Networks and Power at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago

Mar 05, 2015

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s lecture series, Conversations at the Edge: Experimental Media Series, presented artist John Gerrard on Thursday, March 5th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Gerrard presented five different topics including Solar Reserve, a piece commissioned by the Thoma Foundation, Exercise (Dunhuang) and his latest work-in-progress, Farm (Pryor Creek). Read more....