February 12, 2018 - The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston - Arts and technology partnership announced between 14 Boston-area institutions
February 12, 2018

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Arts and technology partnership announced between 14 Boston-area institutions

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This winter, 14 cultural organizations throughout Greater Boston are partnering to present an ambitious, region-wide exploration of art and technology. This extraordinary collaboration is aligned with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s sweeping exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, on view now through May 20, 2018.

The collaboration will offer the public concurrent exhibitions, performances, screenings, and programs at area cultural organizations, all exploring the relationship between art and technology. Learn more about the partner organizations and their programs here and at the links below:

Berklee College of Music / Boston Cyberarts / Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University / deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum / Harvard Art Museums / Harvard Film Archive / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum / MIT List Visual Arts Center / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Museum of Science, Boston / Peabody Essex Museum / Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University / Tufts University Art Galleries


“Art in the Age of Internet, 1989 to Today gives us the opportunity to examine all the forms of connectivity made possible by the internet, as well as to work in partnership with colleagues and institutions in Greater Boston,” said Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA. “The rich history of tech innovation in Boston makes this an ideal place to raise questions about community, privacy, networks, identity, surveillance and speed in a dynamic citywide experience.”
 
“The context of technological innovation in Greater Boston provides a crucial backdrop for the ICA exhibition and our collaboration,” said Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and organizer of the ICA’s exhibition. “The exhibitions and programs presented by the partner institutions enrich the ICA’s exhibition by providing additional opportunities for audiences to connect with the topic of art and technology.”

About Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today
Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today explores the widespread cultural impact of the internet on art. Featuring a broad range of works across a variety of mediums—including painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based works—the exhibition considers the extensive effects of the internet on artistic practice and contemporary culture. Themes explored in the exhibition include emergent ideas of the body and notions of human enhancement; the internet as a site of both surveillance and resistance; the circulation and control of images and information; possibilities for new subjectivities, communities, and virtual worlds; and new economies of visibility amplified by social media. 
 
The exhibition features the work of 60 artists, collaborations, and collectives, including Cory Arcangel, Dara Birnbaum, Harun Farocki, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Juliana Huxtable, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Frances Stark, Cindy Sherman, Hito Steyerl, and Anicka Yi. 
 
Exhibition-related programming includes an artist talk with award-winning artist Trevor Paglen in conversation with historian of science Jimena Canales, as well as a robust schedule of performances. These programs include Sounding the Cloud, a music performance by renowned composers Neil Leonard, Stephen Vitiello, and Scanner; Annie Dorsen’s The Great Outdoors, and Ryan McNamara’s MEƎM 4 Boston: A Story Ballet About the Internet.

Art in the Age of the Internet is organized by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, and Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator.


Major support for Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
 
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
Additional support is generously provided by Edward Berman and Kathleen McDonough, Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser, Karen Swett Conway and Brian Conway, Robert Davoli and Eileen McDonagh, Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté, Bridgitt and Bruce Evans, Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld, Jodi and Hal Hess, Kristen and Kent Lucken, Kim and Jim Pallotta, Ted Pappendick and Erica Gervais Pappendick, Charles and Fran Rodgers, Mark and Marie Schwartz, and Charlotte and Herbert S. Wagner III.

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