FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERhizome.org
Names Lauren Cornell as Executive Director
NEW YORK, NY, April 28, 2005 - Rhizome.org
, the leading online resource
for new media art, today announced that it has named Lauren Cornell as
its next Executive Director, effective May 2. Cornell has strong
management, fund-raising and curatorial experience in the media arts.
She will replace Rachel Greene, who has been Executive Director since
2003 and with the organization since 1997.
Under Greene's leadership, Rhizome transitioned into residence at the
New Museum of Contemporary Art, expanded the breadth of its
constituency through a host of new programs and organized exhibitions
on- and off-line. In collaboration with the Rhizome staff, Greene has
developed new usability plans for Rhizome which Cornell will implement
in the near future.
Cornell previously served as Executive Director of Ocularis, a
nonprofit media arts organization in New York. She has curated
exhibitions and screenings at venues throughout New York and
internationally and has written about contemporary art and emerging
technologies for a wide range of publications, including Rhizome.
According to Rhizome Chairman Mark Tribe, "Lauren Cornell is a capable
leader with a deep commitment to new media art. She has the skills,
energy and vision to lead Rhizome into the future."
As Executive Director, Cornell will be responsible for overseeing and
growing all aspects of the organization, and will report to Rhizome's
Board of Directors. "I have long admired Rhizome and have enjoyed
getting to know the organization better as a contributing writer over
the past year," Cornell said. "I am thrilled to work more closely with
the staff and board as well as the network of individuals who make
Rhizome such an exciting and vital resource."
is an online platform for the global new media art
community. Our programs support the creation, presentation, discussion
and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in
significant ways. We foster innovation and inclusiveness in everything
we do. Rhizome.org
takes its name from the botanical term for an
underground stem that connects plants into living networks, a metaphor
for the organization's non-hierarchical structure. Widely considered to
be the world's leading online resource for and about new media artists
and their work, Rhizome.org
connects, supports, and educates the new
media art community through a wide range of on- and offline programs.
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