#FellowsFriday Takeover: Leslie Thornton

#FellowsFriday Takeover: Leslie Thornton

“The incredible Leslie Thornton makes films and videos of electric energy.” – Aaron Cutler, Brooklyn Magazine

This Friday, April 14, 2017, we’re excited to give avant-garde filmmaker and artist Leslie Thornton (Fellow in Film ‘88, ’99) the reigns to NYFA’s Instagram account for a #FellowsFriday takeover.

The takeover will coincide with a retrospective of Thornton’s work at Brooklyn Academy of Music, as the latest installment of the BAMcinématek series. If you’re in Brooklyn, you can join Thornton in celebrating five decades of work by attending film screenings and appearances by the filmmaker until May 8, 2017.

Wherever you’re located, stay tuned for Thornton’s Instagram takeover all day Friday by following us at @nyfacurrent

Leslie Thornton Bio

Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Leslie Thornton lives in Brooklyn, New York. Leslie Thornton is recognized as a pioneer of contemporary media aesthetics. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, the recipient of several Rockefeller Fellowships, and will be an Artist in Residence at CERN in 2018. Thornton has been honored with the Maya Deren Award for Lifetime Achievement, and was a recipient of the first Albert Award in Media. She has had retrospectives at MoMA, FemCine in Chile, Anthology Film Archives, and BAM. Her work has been exhibited at dOCUMENTA, MoMA PS1, Centre Pompidou, the Whitney Biennial, Winkleman Gallery, and Raven Row and Rodeo Galleries in London, as well as in the New York Film Festival, and the Buenos Aires, Ambulante, Oberhausen, and Rotterdam International Film Festivals. Her work is in the permanent collections of Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Centre Pompidou, MoMA, the Pacific Film Archives, the Walker Art Center, and Jeu de Paume.

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program awards $7,000 cash grants to artists living in New York State. Be sure to follow NYFA on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for the latest updates.


The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State & Local Partnerships with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Courtesy of Leslie Thornton

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