Thomas J. Lax

Theme: Rethinking the Canon

Eden, Arden, Oblivion

Lax’s talk Eden, Arden, Oblivion will address the role of vernacular culture in contemporary art. In particular, he will discuss two recent projects: When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, which queried the category of outsider art in relation to African- American history (The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2014); and Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine, a processional R&B performance at the Museum of Modern Art based on workshops with community-based organizations in Harlem (2015).

Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA. Prior, he worked at The Studio Museum Harlem NY. He is a faculty member at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and on the Advisory Committee Vera List Center for Arts. He holds a BA from Brown University in Africana Studies and Art/Semiotics and an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University. In 2015, he received the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement.