Texts by Giuliana Bruno, Lynne Cooke, Michael Govan, Christine Y. Kim, Lisa Gabrielle Mark, Patti Podesta, and Jason E. Smith

This book offers a mid-career retrospective of the work of Diana Thater, one of the most important and innovative artists working today.

For more than two decades, Diana Thater has been creating ground-breaking installations that build upon the basic visual language of film and video by integrating architecture, applied color, and artificial and natural light. Depicting a range of natural phenomena, her work is largely organized around an exploration of the subjectivity of animals. This lavishly illustrated overview shows how Thater has radically reenvisioned both the ways in which film and video are deployed in site-related installations and the relationship between subject and object. Luminous images of eighteen projects such as China, Abyss of Light, knots + surfaces, and gorillagorillagorilla are accompanied by quotes and fictional writings that have long served as Thater’s touchstones. Also included are an interview with the artist and essays on a wide range of topics that Thater addresses in her work—from the history and politics of the Chernobyl disaster to beauty and Baroque architecture. This publication also gives readers exclusive access to a moving image supplement, featuring a film conceived and created by Thater in collaboration with production designer Patti Podesta, as well as an illustrated checklist with short video clips.


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Art exhibit allows visitors to interact with images

Chicago Tribune, by Joan Dittmann
November 10, 2016


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Wild Art at MCA Chicago: Immerse Yourself in Animal Imagery

WTTW Chicago Tonight, by Marc Vitali
October 31, 2016


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Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination catalogue review

afterimage, by Suzanne E. Szucs
March/April 2016

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Diana Thater

Artforum, by Charlotte Cotton
February 2016


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Artful Volumes

Bookforum, by Christopher Lyon
February/March 2016


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Diana Thater

Art in America, by Jonathan Griffin
February 2016


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'Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination' at LACMA stuns the senses

Los Angeles Times, by Sharon Mizota
December 9, 2015