Thomas J. Lax

Thomas J. Lax

Program

CCL Class of 2017

Institution

Museum of Modern Art

Title

Curator of Media and Performance Art

Residency

Haus der Kunst

Mentor

Okwui Enwezor, Haus der Kunst

Thomas J. Lax is Curator of Media and Performance at the Museum of Modern Art. He recently co-organized the exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done, a major reinstallation of the permanent collection and is currently preparing the exhibition Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present. He has also co-organized Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the CollectionNeïl Beloufa: The Colonies and Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine, among others, and edited the book Modern Dance: Ralph Lemon. Previously, he worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem for seven years. Thomas is on the board of Danspace Project, teaches at Wesleyan University and is a 2019–20 Queer|Art Curatorial Mentor. He is on the advisory committees of Contemporary And, The Laundromat Project, Participant Inc., and Recess Assembly. Thomas holds degrees in Africana Studies and Art History from Brown University and Columbia University. In 2015, he was awarded the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement and he was a 2017 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow.

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