Thomas J. Lax

Updated
30 Nov 2016

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Thomas J. Lax.

Thomas J. Lax was appointed associate curator of media and performance art at the Museum of Modern Art in May 2014. For the previous seven years, he worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where he was most recently assistant curator. His interests include American and international contemporary art, with a focus on performance and video, as well as politically and socially engaged practices in all media. At the Studio Museum, he organized exhibitions including When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South (2014); Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2013); and Ralph Lemon: 1856 Cessna Road (2012). Lax has written locally and internationally for many venues and is a contributor to Artforum, Art in America, Art Journal, and Mousse. He is a faculty member at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts; is a member of the Catalyst Circle at The Laundromat Project; and serves on the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Arts Advisory Committee, the Advisory Board of Recess, and the Vera List Center Advisory Committee. Lax served as a Center Performance panelist in 2014.