Thomas (T.) Jean Lax is a writer and curator specializing in Black art and performance. They are currently preparing the exhibition Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present (2022) with Lilia Rocio Taboada in collaboration with JAM’s founder, Linda Goode Bryant. Their other collaboratively organized exhibitions at MoMA include Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done (2018), with Ana Janevski and Martha Joseph; the Projects Series for emerging artists, co-led with Lanka Tattersall; Unfinished Conversations (2017), inspired by John Akomfrah’s installation on the cultural theorist Stuart Hall; and the contemporary art survey Greater New York (2015). Previously, they worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem. A native New Yorker, Lax holds degrees in Africana studies and art history from Brown and Columbia universities and is a PhD candidate in performance studies at New York University, where they are working on a project about mothers. They were the inaugural recipient of the Cisneros Research Grant, traveling to Brazil in 2020.