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Those Creative Thodos Women!

Christine Vernon
Thodos Dance Studio

Thodos Dance Studio

Melissa Thodos, Founder and Artistic Director Ann Reinking was in Chicago last week preparing Thodos Dance Chicago for the premiere of Fosse Trilogy.  Ann took time from her busy schedule to appear with Melissa Thodos on Chicago Tonight with Phil Ponce, where she spoke about her career as a dancer/choreographer, the genesis of Fosse Trilogy, and the enduring appeal of Bob Fosse's work. You can view the interview here!

You can see their scheduled Fall performances and other information about the dance company at their website, Thodos Dance Chicago

More From Featured Artist Diane Thodos

Here is Part 1 & 2 of Diane Thodos interview with New York art critic Donald Kuspit.  They discuss many subjects including The Edvard Munch exhibit at the Art Institute, The Degenerate Art show in Germany 1937, Albert Speer, and the Whitney Biennale,  among others.

Part 1 | Part 2

Donald Kuspit is one of America’s most important art critics.  He is a Distinguished Professor of Art History and Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation among others.  He is a contributing editor to Artforum, Sculpture, the New Art Examiner, and Tema Celeste Magazines as well as editor of Art Criticism.  He is author and editor of hundreds of articles and books including The End of Art published in 2004.  He frequently writes for

Diane Thodos is an artist and art critic and was a student of Donald Kuspit at the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1987 to 1992.  She is also a former student of Stanley William Hayter and Sam Gilliam and received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2002.  She has exhibited most recently at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago and is represent by the Paule Friedland/Alex Rivault Gallery in Paris, The Traeger/Pinto Gallery in Mexico City, and the Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago. She will be exhibiting at the Kouros gallery in New York City in 2010.

Here is the continuing interview with Donald Kuspit parts 4 & 5:

The topics discussed touch on teaching in art schools and censorship, the effect of incentive marketing and the spectacle on the art world, women in art today, Jeff Koons, and a critique of Charles Saatchi, and Damien Hurst among others.

The website is: with all current and past interviews available here.


Christine Vernon

Christine Vernon is the founder and editor of Women's International News.