Anita Thacher


The New School for Social Research, BA English Literature
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Screenings

Anteroom, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2017 (upcoming)
Time Present / Time Past, Mulberry Street Library, New York Public Library, New York, 2014
Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2014

Tracking Back: Films of Anita Thacher (screening), Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2014
An Evening With Anita Thacher, Jerusalem Cinematheque, Jerusalem, Israel 2013
Leeway, Mixed Greens, New York, NY 2011/12
Anita Thacher Retrospective & Traveling Light Installation, 30th Internationale Festival de Femme, Florence, Italy 2008
Anita Thacher, Belgium Cultural Center, Paris, France 2003
Anita Thacher, Art Resources Transfer, Inc., New York, NY 2002
If a House, Art Resources Transfer, Inc., New York, NY 1999
The Light Show, Islip Art Museum, Anthony Giordano Gallery, East Islip, NY 1998/99
Tentative Agreements, Adelphi University, Long Island, NY 1992
Anteroom, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 1988
Anteroom, Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund, 1988
Anita Thacher, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 1985
All Through the House, The Fabric Workshop, New York, NY 1985
Anteroom, Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos, Barcelona, Spain 1985
Anteroom, 33rd International Design Conference, Aspen, CO 1984
Anita Thacher, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA 1981
Lighthouse. PS.1, Long Island City, New York 1981

Selected Two Person or Group Exhibitions

Fragments, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2017
Tonal Shift, Station Independents Project, New York, NY 2017
Surrealism (screening w/ Sara Driver), Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 2015
Artists on Film: Anita Thacher (screening), Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York 2014
Metomorphose, Transformation (screenings), Short Story Omnibus, Illusion, Masion Hermès, Toyko, Japan 2014
CUT, Tribeca Film Festival, New York, NY 2014
Ends of the Earth, MOCA, Los Angeles/Munich, Germany 2012
40 Years Collectif Jeune Cinema, Pompidou Center, Paris, France 2011
Independent Women: 15 years of NYWIF Funded Film, Tribeca Film Festival 2011
40 Years Film Forum, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 2010
Scratch Projection: Le Corps Désiré, Cinema Action, Paris France 2010
Serious Business Company, MoMA, New York, NY 2010
Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), Montreal, Canada 2008
Lost in Memoriam, Tribeca Film Festival, New York, NY 2007
Pioneering Women Filmmakers, New York Public Library, NY 2004
The Color of Ritual, the Color of Thought: Women Avant-garde Filmmakers in America 1930 – 2000,   
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 2002
Home Movies… and More, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 2000
American Century 1950-1999, Whitney Museum of American Art 1999
Art on Film/Film on Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, LA 1993
A Program of Experimental Works, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 1993
3rd Biennale Du Film Sur L’Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France 1992
Magritte and Surrealist Film, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 1992
Art on Film/Film on Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 1992
Kino im auf Bruch, Arsenal, Berlin, Germany 1992
Birds as Critics: Artist’ Bird Houses, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA 1991
The 8th International Festival of Film on Art, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Montreal 1990
Let’s Play House, The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia 1990
The 28th New York Film Festival, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY 1990
A Rain of Talent, American Craft Museum, New York, NY 1989
Stopped Time: Four Projected Environments, The Sculpture Center, New York, NY 1985
Directions ’83, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC 1983
Film as Installation, Clocktower Gallery, New York, NY 1981
New Directors/New Films, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 1975

Selected Grants, Honors, and Awards

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
National Endowment for the Arts (four years)
New York State Council on the Arts (five years)
Ford Foundation
American Film Institute
French Minister of Culture Award
Inaugural Martin E. Segal Award of Lincoln Center
Cine Golden Eagle (two awards)
Beard’s Fund
Jerome Foundation (two years)
Mitchell A. Wilder Award
28th Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque Award
New York Women in Film and Television Preservation Fund Grant
NYSCA and Independent Feature Project (IFP) Grant
MacDowell Colony Fellow and Board Member
Civitella Ranieri Fellow

Selected Public Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle, Washington
City of Houston Municipal Art Collection, George R. Brown Video Collection, Houston, TX
Getty Museum, Los Angeles, LA
The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
Neuberger Museum, SUNY, Purchase, NY
Zimmerli Art Museum’s Rutgers Archives of Prints, Rutger, NJ
Musée des Beaux Arts, Belgium
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Institute for the Arts, Rice Museum, Houston, TX
South Caroline Art Institute, Columbia, SC
Berlin Film Archives, Berlin, Germany
French Film Archives (Cinémathèque Française), Paris, France
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Selected Commissions

2015-18 Caravan, New York Public Library Mulberry Street Branch, New York, NY
2008    30th Internationale Festival di Femme, Florence, Italy
2005    MTA Arts for Transit, Illuminated Station, Light sculpture
2001     Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia
1989     Metropolitan Museum & Getty Museum, “Program for Art on Film”

Selected Books

Laura Kern, Joanna Koch and Richard Pena, New York Film Festival Gold, A 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2012
Bloodworth, Sandra and William Ayres. Along the Way, MTA Arts for Transit. Monacelli Press. New York, New York. 2006
Stroud, Marion Boulton. An Industrious Art, Innovation in Pattern and Print at the Fabric Workshop. W. W. Norton and Company. London, United Kingdom. 1991
Rabinowitz, Lauren. Women Filmmakers and Past Avant-Garders. International Experimental Film Congress Catalog. 1989
Russet, Robert and Cecile Starr. Experimental Animation. Da Capo Press. New York, New York. 1988
Thacher, Anita. Frames. Capitol City Press. New York, New York. 1979

Selected Catalogs

Stopped time: 4 projected environments. Sculpture Center. New York, New York. 1985
Film as Installation: drawings, photographs and maquettes of film installation projects.
The Clocktower. New York, New York. 1983
Rosenzweig, Phyllis D. Directions 1983. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden by the Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington, D.C. 1983

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