Alma Thomas and the Graphical Picture Plane

Alma Thomas and the Graphical Picture Plane

Tuesday

March 5, 2019

5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Auditorium

225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Mellon Network Fellow Kris Cohen presents, “Alma Thomas and the Graphical Picture Plane.”

This talk describes how Alma Thomas’s Earth Paintings address, in ways both belied and surprisingly revealed by the language of abstraction, nascent configurations of the computer screen and the forms of labor and personhood associated with those compositions.

Kris Cohen is associate professor of art and humanities at Reed College. He works on the relationship among art, economy, and media technologies, focusing especially on the aesthetics of collective life. His first book, Never Alone, Except for Now (Duke University Press, 2017), addresses these concerns in the context of electronic networks. At the Clark, he is working on a new manuscript that accounts for how a group of Black artists working from the sixties to the present were addressing, in ways both belied and surprisingly revealed by the language of abstraction and conceptualism, nascent configurations of the computer screen and the forms of labor and personhood associated with those configurations.