Leslie Thornton, ‘Luna: Sepia’, 2013, Winkleman Gallery

Thornton broke new ground in the 1980s for female experimental filmmakers. This print is related to Thornton’s three-channel video, Luna, which uses Coney Island’s iconic “Parachute Jump” ride to visualize history from 1900 to 2020.

About Leslie Thornton

In complex digital works that tread a line between film, video, and installation, Leslie Thornton examines how technologies dominate American culture, constructing our realities and shaping our sense of history, time, and the natural world. Thornton is best known for Peggy and Fred in Hell (1985–2010), a video series in which she presents a dystopian vision of two children apparently raised by a television set and living in isolation from others. More recently she produced Luna (2013), a triptych of vertical flat-screen monitors, each displaying shifting, kaleidoscopic images—fluctuating between representation and abstraction—of the iconic parachute jump tower at Coney Island. The 250-foot-tall ride, constructed in 1939, is envisioned in various different time periods, which Thornton alludes to through visual and aural effects. In earlier work, she incorporated archival footage related to Hiroshima and the atomic age, addressing themes of trauma and anxiety.

American, b. 1951, Oak Ridge, Tennessee