New Jersey–based artist Tom Thayer (b. 1970) operates at the intersection of the hand-crafted and the technological, exploring the phenomenological shifts that occur when a three-dimensional object, such as a collage or sculpture, is represented in another medium—primarily the moving image. As teenagers in Chicago, Thayer and his siblings shot short videos, resulting in hours of footage that the artist continues to use today in elaborate live performances, during which he animates, physically and virtually, objects of his own making. Realized with strikingly simple means—a bent piece of wood and a wire serve as an instrument, a bird puppet turns into a record player—his performances affirm the magic of a combination of poor materials and rich imagination. Thayer joins us to discuss his practice and premiere a new live performance in collaboration with Keith Connolly (No-Neck Blues Band) and John Jines. Following the performance Thayer, Connolly, Jines, and Stephanie Weber, Curatorial Assistant in MoMA's Department of Media and Performance Art, will engage in an onstage discussion.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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