Installation view of Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt: Tender Love Among the Junk at MoMA PS1, November 18, 2012–April 7, 2013. Photo: Matthew Septimus

Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt:
Tender Love Among the Junk

November 18, 2012–April 7, 2013 MoMA PS1

Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt’s mixed-media constructions, collages, and installations are marked by a trashy opulence concocted from household items and dollar stores. Mimicking Byzantine decoration with cellophane, aluminum foil, tinsel and glitter, Lanigan-Schmidt (American, b. 1948) pioneered a maximalist aesthetic in the late 1960s that explored gay sexuality, class struggle, and religion. Mingling high with low, and sacred with profane, Lanigan-Schmidt bucked the reductive tastes of conceptualism and minimalism that dominated his youth, creating a radically decorative practice that, despite its influence, has never been properly assimilated into the history of American art.

Organized by Peter Eleey, Curator, MoMA PS1, with Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Assistant.

The exhibition is made possible by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

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