Elevator Music 40:
Melissa Thorne — Landslide/Solid

Landslide/Solid combines interior design, hard-edge abstraction, and narrative pop to create a unique listening environment in the Tang Teaching Museum’s elevator. Drawing from the artist’s background in pattern painting and playing in bands, the exhibition features hand-printed sound curtains and a limited-edition 12-inch record, with audio performances by Thorne, Patrick-Ian Polk, and Jessica Catron in collaboration with musician/producer Julian Wass and artist and master printer Margaret White Lomeli. The title refers simultaneously to the visual motifs presented—inspired by those Thorne encountered while living in Los Angeles—and to the lyrics of cover songs.
Melissa Thorne lives and works in upstate New York. Over the past ten years, her interest in architecture and geographic place has led to the creation of site-specific works in diverse venues, including galleries and museums, artist-run storefronts, public spaces, and abandoned cabins. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Devin Borden Gallery, Houston; Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne; Galerie Anke Schmidt, Cologne; and Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, among others. Thorne earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.
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Landslide/Solid by Melissa Thorne
Exhibition Name
Elevator Music 40:
Melissa Thorne — Landslide/Solid
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
Elevator Music Series
Elevator Music 40: Melissa Thorne — Landslide/Solid is organized by Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with the artist.
Melissa Thorne
Past related events
Pattern by Atlan Arceo-Witzl ’18
Inspired by the exhibition Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.