We're excited to announce that "The Art Happens Here: Net Art's Archival Poetics," an exhibition based on our Net Art Anthology program, will open in the New Museum's Lobby Gallery in January before touring internationally. Since 2016, the Anthology has been an ongoing research initiative and online exhibition restoring, contextualizing, and presenting one hundred works that sketch a possible canon for net art.
On view at the New Museum from January 22 through May 26, 2019, "The Art Happens Here" will reflect on the process of narrating archives and histories of online artistic practice. Drawing its name from Simple Net Art Diagram by MTAA (M. River and T. Whid), the exhibition features sixteen works from throughout net art history, showcasing a wide range of forms—websites, software, sculpture, graphics, books, and merchandise—while offering a space for considering the internet as social process, material infrastructure, and lived experience.
Shu Lea Cheang
Entropy8Zuper! (Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn)
YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji)
Brian Mackern, et. al.
Bunny Rogers and Filip Olszewski
Mark Tribe, Alexander Galloway, and Martin Wattenberg
The exhibition will be accompanied by a major catalogue featuring critical and historical essays by artists, curators, and theorists alongside hundreds of archival images from the history of net art.
"The Art Happens Here" is curated by Michael Connor, Artistic Director, Rhizome, with Aria Dean, Assistant Curator.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Thoma Foundation.
Additional support provided by Greg & Yukari Pass, Mihail Lari & Scott Murray, Fred Benenson, Josh Wolfe, and Lisa Schiff.
We gratefully acknowledge the following:
The Norwegian Consulate General New York;
The Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York; and
The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Intel generously provided Intel® NUCs to present "The Art Happens Here."