Michael Thomas is the director of Lucky Pierre, a collaborative group working in performance, activism, and visual art to create structures for open forms of engagement with various publics. His performances and gallery-based works with Lucky Pierre have been presented at numerous venues across the US and Europe including the Belluard Bollwerk Festival in Switzerland and the Eurokaz International Theater Festival in Croatia. Upcoming exhibitions/events include “The Old is Dying and the New Cannot be Born” at Roman Susan (June 2017), “Box Office” at Comfort Station in Chicago (October 2017), and Lucky Pierre’s ongoing project “Final Meals” at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston (2018). The group’s educational initiative, Lucky Pierre Free University (LPFU), is a free collaborative, research-based, anti-corporatized higher education learning space/art school based in Chicago and the U.K. Michael received his MFA from nowhere.
“American Slut,” a solo performance, is perhaps a re-telling of Clint Eastwood’s film based on the Chris Kyle memoir “American Sniper.” It’s also about the early AIDS crisis, queer identity, crumbling political and economic systems, the tenure review process, rage, getting shot and getting laid. Drinks may be served, and dancing may follow.
2012.rapidpulse.org performance photo by Rossi Dimitrova