A writer and an interlocutor, Thomas J. Lax is Curator of Media and Performance at the Museum of Modern Art. He is currently preparing the exhibition Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present with Linda Goode Bryant, scheduled for 2022. He was the inaugural recipient of the Cisneros Research Grant, traveling to Brazil in 2020 to research contemporary Black art. He worked with colleagues across the Museum on a major rehang of the collection in 2019 and co-organized the exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done in 2018 with Ana Janevski and Martha Joseph. He has organized other projects at MoMA include Unfinished Conversations, Maria Hassabi: PLASTIC, Neil Beloufa: The Colonies and Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine. Previously, he worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem for seven years.

Thomas is on the board of Danspace Project and the Jerome Foundation and teaches at Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. He is on the advisory committees of Contemporary And, The Laundromat Project, Participant Inc., and Recess Assembly. Thomas is a frequent contributor to exhibition catalogues, magazines and journals including Aperture, Artforum, October, T Magazine and Vanity Fair, among others.

A native New Yorker, 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 was were a 2017 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow.

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