Leslie Thornton

Leslie Thornton


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Leslie Thornton

Author/Editor: Natalie Bell, Dan Kidner & Milan Ther


Produced on the occasion of Leslie Thornton‘s major solo exhibition at the MIT List Visual Arts Center as well as a recent solo exhibition at Kunstverein Nurnberg, this richly illustrated volume is the first monograph on this important artist and filmmaker, offering essential, foundational scholarship on Thornton’s influential work in film and video.

Thornton’s early encounters with experimental, structuralist and cinéma vérité traditions fueled her iconoclastic take on the moving image and gave shape to her practice of weaving together her own footage and voice with archival film and audio. In part through her forceful and dynamic use of sound, Thornton exposes the limits of language and vision in her works, while acknowledging the ways that language and vision nevertheless remain central to scientific discourse and narrative in general. Her work consistently interrogates modes of representation and the violence of looking, pushing beyond critiques of the gaze to consider biases in perception, or the way voice and sound can undermine an otherwise dominant visual narrative.


Directors’ Foreword — Paul Ha and Milan Ther
Introduction — Natalie Bell
The Deaths of Man — Erika Balsom
Unhappy Times on a Warming Planet — Dan Kidner
No Romance — Milan Ther and Leslie Thornton in Conversation
X-TRACTS: Where Does the “!” End? — Chrissie lies
All Right You Guys: Intimate CrueltyChris Kraus
Jennifer, Where Are You? Jennifer No Name — Su Friedrich
Strange Space: Life ForceJames Richards
The Last Time I Saw Ron Leslie Thornton
Peggy and Fred in Hell: Oh, the StormDan Kidner
Let Me Count the Ways: Love and DeathRosalyn Deutsche
Cut from Liquid to Snake: The Shock of Comprehension — Mason Leaver-Yap
Ground: Out of This WorldMilan Ther
HEMLOCK Handmade Touching the Abyss — Thomas Zummer 

Natalie Bell is curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. She was previously Associate Curator at the New Museum, New York, where she organized over a dozen solo exhibitions and co-curated several major group exhibitions.
Dan Kidner is a curator and critic based in London. He is a senior lecturer in the School of Art at Kingston University.
Milan Ther is a curator and writer who since 2018 has served as Director of Kunstverein Nürnberg–Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, where he recently organized Leslie Thornton’s exhibition GROUND (2020).

224 pages
Hardcover | 10 x 8 in
Published 2022 by Sternberg Press
ISBN: 3956795989

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Dimensions 10 × 8 in