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Anita Thacher. Photo: Geanna Merola

Anita Thacher (1940–2017)

New York artist and filmmaker Anita Thacher, best known for her 16mm and 35mm works—ranging from Black Track, 1969, a collaboration with Dennis Oppenheim, to the trilogy Cut, 2013, Chase, and The End, both 2015—has died. Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn confirmed that she passed on September 8.

Thacher’s interest in the arts was sparked by music at the age of five. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research in English literature and studied painting at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Today, her work can be found in the public collections of New York’s MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Cinémathèque Française in Paris, and the Musée des Beaux Arts in Belgium.

Thacher has been honored with a number of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, the American Film Institute, the French Ministry of Culture, and the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, among others. She was also the inaugural recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award of Lincoln Center. A solo exhibition featuring her 1983 work Anteroom will be shown at Microscope Gallery in October.

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