Digital: Deeper Lecture: David Thomson

Oct 19, 2021, 7:00 pm8:30 pm EDT

$10 – $15


Interdisciplinary artist and advocate David Thomson delves into questions of care, listening, change, trust and resilience. How do we value ourselves and others? How do we redefine intentional care and success?

These are some questions that have emerged through his work on The Sustainability Project, which focuses on ideas of financial, artistic, and personal empowerment in the arts community, and are woven into larger issues we continue to wrestle with culturally, socially and politically.


David Thomson is a collaborative interdisciplinary artist. He has worked with Trisha Brown, Susan Rethorst, Bebe Miller, Remy Charlip, Grisha Coleman|Hot Mouth, Ralph Lemon, Sekou Sundiata, Meg Stuart, Marina Abramović, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Alain Buffard, Maria Hassabi, Yanira Castro, Okwui Okpokwasili and Kaneza Schaal among many others. His current practice centers on the interrogation of presence and absence as performative states. He creates performance installations in a range of temporal forms and mediums from short works to durational tasks. He has received Bessies for Sustained Achievement (2001) and Outstanding Production (2018) for he his own mythical beast. Thomson has been recognized for his own work with awards and fellowships from NYFA, US Artist, LMCC, Yaddo, MacDowell and Rauschenberg. He is currently a Mabou Mines Associate Artist, LMCC Extended Life | Lifeline Fellow (2018-21) and Danspace Artist Research Fellow. He has served on the faculties of Movement Research, NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, Barnard, Pratt and Bennington. In 2017, he initiated The Sustainability Project in collaboration with Kate Watson-Wallace, which serves as a platform and practice that seeks to expand the discourse surrounding ideas of financial, artistic, and personal empowerment within the arts community. Thomson holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Purchase.

The Deeper Lecture Series is a talk + Q&A program on Zoom designed to acquaint Gibney’s community of artists and audiences with the most provocative, influential and inspiring minds at work in the arts, humanities and activism.

All Fall 2021 Season events will be held online via Zoom. Gibney’s Box Office can be reached via email. For ticketing inquiries or requests, please email Marketing & Audience Services Manager, Kimiko Tanabe, at

Gibney encourages people with disabilities to attend online offerings, and we welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. This event features live ASL interpreters and live captioning. If you have any questions or additional access needs, please email us at or call us at 212-677-8560 (voice only) at least 24 hours in advance of the event you plan to attend.

Image Description: A bald clean shaven dark-skinned man, with a salt and pepper soul patch, in a large white studio, wearing a brown tee shirt.

Photo of David Thomson by Mark Poucher.