Diana Thater

Diana Thater

Diana Thater

Since the early 1990s, Los Angeles–based artist Diana Thater has created pioneering films, videos, and installations, the primary theme of which is the tension between the natural environment and mediated reality, and by extension, between the tamed and the wild. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, including literature, animal behavior, mathematics, chess, and sociology, her evocative and sometimes nearly abstract works interact with their surroundings to produce an intricate relationship between time and space.




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Solo Exhibitions

2018 Diana Thater, The Watershed, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston 

Diana Thater: A Runaway World, Guggenheim Bilbao


2017 Diana Thater: A Runaway World, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles

Diana Thater: As Radical As Reality, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul

Diana Thater: The Starry Messenger, Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, Texas


2016 Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Diana Thater: Colorvision, 1301PE, Los Angeles     


2015  Beta Space: Diana Thater, San Jose Museum of Art, California

 Diana Thater: gorillagorillagorilla, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado

 Diana Thater: Life is a Time-Based Medium, Hauser & Wirth, London

 Diana Thater: Science, Fiction, David Zwirner, New York

   Diana Thater: The Starry Messenger, Galerie Eric Hussenot, Pairs

   Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles [itinerary: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago]


2014  Delphine, Saint-Philibert, Dijon [organized by Fonds régional d’art contemporain Bourgogne, Dijon]


2012  Diana Thater: Oo Fifi- Part I and Part II, 1310PE, Los Angeles 

   Diana Thater: Chernobyl, David Zwirner, New York


2011  Diana Thater: Chernobyl, Hauser & Wirth, London

          Diana Thater: Chernobyl, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

          Diana Thater – Nature Morte, Galerie Hussenot, Paris

           Diana Thater: Peonies, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio


2010   Delphine, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

         Diana Thater: Between Science and Magic, David Zwirner, New York

     Diana Thater: Between Science and Magic, Santa Monica Museum of Art, California


2009  Delphine, Kulturkirche St. Stephani, Bremen, Germany [organized by Kunsthalle Bremen]

          Diana Thater: Butterflies and Other People, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California

          Diana Thater: gorillagorillagorilla, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (a collaborative project with the Natural History Museum, London)

          Diana Thater: Tigers and Other People, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, England


2008   Delphine, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego, California [long-term installation]

          Diana Thater, 1310PE, Los Angeles           

          Diana Thater: Here is a text about the world, David Zwirner, New York


2007-present    Perfect Devotion, The best space is the deep space, Leo S. Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art


2007  The Experience of Color: Ann Veronica Janssens & Diana Thater, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts                         [two-person exhibition]

           OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, OSRAM Art Projects / Seven Screens, Munich

          relay, a collaboration with T. Kelly Mason, West of Rome, 1033 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles


2005   Continuous. Contiguous., David Zwirner, New York

           Diana Thater, Zwirner & Wirth, New York

            Perpetual Motion, Perfect Devotion, Haunch of Venison, London

   Pink Daisies, Amber Room, 1301PE, Los Angeles


2004    Diana Thater: Keep the Faith. A Survey Exhibition, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen Germany and Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany    

            White is the Color, 1301PE, Los Angeles


2003   Transcendence is expansion and contraction at the same time, Haunch of Venison, London


2002    Bastard Pink, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan

            Diana Thater, Galerie Hussenot, Paris


2001 knots + surfaces, Dia Center for the Arts, New York

    the sky is unfolding under you, David Zwirner, New York

    the sky is unfolding under you, 1301PE, Los Angeles


2000-present     Broken Circle, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany

2000  The Caucus Race, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan

    Delphine, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

    Delphine, Vienna Secession

    Diana Thater, 1301PE, Los Angeles

    Diana Thater, Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, Sweden


1999  The best outside is the inside, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

    The best sense is the nonsense, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto

    The best space is the deep space, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

    The Caucus Race, Patrick Painter, Santa Monica, California

    Diana Thater, Galerie Hussenot, Paris

    Diana Thater, H & R Projects, Brussels


1998  The best animals are the flat animals - the best space is the deep space, MAK Center for Art + Architecture, Los Angeles

    The best space is the deep space, Time-Based Media 1998-99: Diana Thater, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

    Diana Thater, Artpace San Antonio, Texas

    Diana Thater: Video Installations, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Projects 64. Diana Thater: The best animals are the flat animals, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 


1997  Diana Thater: Orchids in the Land of Technology, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota


1996   China, Crayons & Molly Numbers 1 through 10, David Zwirner, New York

       Electric Mind, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria [publication by the artist]

     Electric Mind and Recent Works, Portland Art Museum, Oregon [itinerary: SITE Santa Santa Fe, New Mexico;                                                                                        The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas; University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts]

     The individual as a species, the object as a medium, Diana Thater: Selected Works 1992-1996,

     Kunsthalle Basel [itinerary: Kunstverein Hamburg]

     Wicked Witch, Temporary Contemporary at The Baltic Flour Mills, Gateshead, England


1995  China, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago [itinerary: Le Creux de l’Enfer - Centre d’Art Contemporain à Thiers, Thiers, France]

         Crayons & Molly Numbers 1 through 10, Galerie Schipper & Krome, Cologne


1994    Diana Thater, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam 

            Ginger Kittens, Friesenwall 116a, Cologne


1993    Abyss of Light, 1301, Santa Monica, California

     Late & Soon (Occident Trotting), David Zwirner, New York


1992     Up to the Lintel: Bliss, The Bliss House, Pasadena, California

     Up to the Lintel: Bliss, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California


1991    Dogs and Other Philosophers, Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, California


1990    With/Out, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California


Available work on ArtPlay

Untitled (Jason)