Ranging from digital and electronic art to Japanese bamboo sculptures, to postwar abstract painting and sculpture, to Spanish Colonial painting, the Thoma Foundation’s growing collection reflects the Thoma’s belief in the power of art to enrich life and to deepen understanding of the cultures, places, and times of which we are a part. Founders Carl and Marilynn Thoma established the Foundation in 2014 and have been collecting art since 1975.
The Foundation displays its collection in two intimate art spaces: Art House in Santa Fe – a traditional adobe house that has been converted into an exhibition space dedicated to digital art in the Canyon Road arts district; and Orange Door in Chicago – a warehouse that showcases work from the entire collection on an appointment-only basis. The Foundation also lends artwork to museums around the world.
In their first Online Exhibition on IC, we present a selection of artworks from the Thoma Foundation’s digital and electronic art collection. This pioneering collection encompasses artistic innovations in custom-coded and algorithmic software, internet-connected and real-time animation, early computer drawing, interactive technology, video installation, electronic sculpture, and works that utilize LED and LCD displays, from the field’s inception in the 1960s through today.