Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt Catalogue Launch and Panel Discussion
November 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Howl! Happening invites you to join culture critics, art historians and curators for the publication of the catalogue for Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt’s Tenemental (With Sighs Too Deep for Words). A compendium of wide ranging essays and criticism, the 106-page catalogue is Howl!’s most ambitious publication to date. Meet the artist and writers to celebrate Tommy’s multivalent work and life including contributors Dan Cameron; David Carter; Carlo McCormick; Roger S. Wieck; Jonathan Weinberg; and Agosto Machado. Published in association with Pavel Zoubok Fine Art.
Roger S. Wieck, Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Morgan Library & Museum, discusses the dual themes that appear and reappear throughout Lanigan-Schmidt’s work: religion and childhood in his Essay Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt: The Art of Transubstantiation.
Dan Cameron looks at the shifting perspectives of art historical perceptions and placement of the work in the context of Pattern and Decoration and AIDS in The Least Shall be Greatest. Art historian Jonathan Weinberg provides a penetrating interview with Lanigan Schmidt—who was a veteran of the Stonewall Riots and was present in the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969—about his work in Art after Stonewall, 1969-89. Timed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the exhibition opens at the Grey Art Gallery and The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in April 2019.
David Carter’s insightful essay provides a deeper look at Tommy’s roots and family, and offers biographical clues into Tommy’s psyche and creative process; and Carlo McCormick brings his perspective as a commentator and curator spanning decades of lived experience in the shifting downtown art and cultural scenes to understanding Lanigan-Schmidt’s layered work and his place inside and outside of fluctuating art and social movements.