Design by Laura Coombs

You’re Invited: Rhizome’s 2023 Benefit

The New Mueseum 

235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Limited seats remain for Rhizome’s 2023 benefit, June 28 at the New Museum, in partnership with TRLab.

This year’s benefit marks 20 years of affiliation with the New Museum and 27 years since Rhizome was founded as an email community in 1996. The night will include a special recognition of the New Museum’s Toby Devan Lewis Director, Lisa Phillips, and Rhizome’s founder, artist Mark Tribe, who stewarded this partnership in 2003.

Generative art is a core thematic focus of the event, with three artist honorees—Rafaël Rozendaal, Lillian Schwartz, and Ix Shells—who all use computation as a central aspect of their creative practice. The benefit inaugurates a new partnership with TRLab in support of Rhizome’s work in the generative art field, including archival efforts and artist commissions. 

Join us for cocktails and projections at 6pm, followed by a dinner in the Sky Room at 7:30pm. 

Tickets and Tables 

Individual tickets are $950, and tables of 8 are $7,500. 

Purchase via cryptocurency 

Secure a table via your donor-advised fund

Donations in Support of Rhizome

About the honorees

Photo by Christina Latina, 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Rafaël Rozendaal is a visual artist who uses the internet as his canvas. He also creates installations, tapestries, lenticulars, haiku and lectures.

Image from the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Lillian F. Schwartz & Laurens R. Schwartz Collection

Best known for her experimental films, animation, videos and computer-aided art analysis, Lillian Schwartz became an early adopter of computer art in the mid-1960s. Born in 1927 in Cincinnati, her creativity was apparent at a young age, and she experimented with painting, drawing and sculpture before turning to technology to expand her artwork.  

In 1968, her kinetic sculpture Proxima Centauri was selected as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age exhibit. She then expanded her work into the computer arena, becoming one of the first resident artists at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1968-2002) and later acted as a consultant at AT&T, IBM and Lucent Technologies. 

Her films were recently included in the 2022 Venice Biennale Milk of Dreams exhibit and, in the 1970s, began receiving honors at a variety of animation and film festivals, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, CINE, Cannes and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1984, she received an Emmy Award for her computer-generated public service announcement for the Museum of Modern Art. 

View the digital archive of works by Lillian Schwartz.

Itzel Yard, known as Ix Shells, is a self-taught creative coder and artist based in Panama with a background in Architectural Technology and Computer Science. With humble beginnings learning creative coding online, Yard has become one of the most recognizable names in contemporary generative art. In 2021, her breakout work, 'Dreaming at Dusk', a collaboration with the Tor Project, sold for 500 ETH—over 2 million dollars at the time of sale—making it the highest selling NFT by a female artist.That same year, Yard was featured in Fortune’s “NFTy50.” Her work has been sold at auction houses such as Christies and Sothebys, acquired by the permanent collection of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, and exhibited in world renowned shows such as Art Dubai 2022, Kraftwerk Berlin 2022, and Fotografiska Stockholm. Most recently, Yard’s work was featured on the April/May cover of Fortune Magazine. In 2023 Yard released an artwork titled Ahead of Time in collaboration with the L.A. County Museum of Art for their debut NFT release titled Remembrance of Things Future. Additionally, IxShells has worked closely with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, in a series of talks including Art Basel Miami and the Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Germany where she spoke alongside fellow artists for the panel It's Natural To Be A Machine.

Mark Tribe is an artist who believes in the power of aesthetic experience to forge new pathways of understanding. Since 2012, he has made landscape pictures that explore American ideas about nature and land, from Manifest Destiny to contemporary environmentalism. He is also known for his early contributions to the field of new media art, as well as his socially engaged performances and installations.

Lisa Phillips has been the Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum since 1999. During her tenure she has dramatically expanded the Museum, its Board, staff, attendance, and budget, and continues to diversify its leadership and audience. Phillips spearheaded and realized the Museum’s first dedicated building (2007) designed by the leading architects SANAA, who subsequently won the Pritzker Prize. In so doing, she established the Museum as a top international cultural destination with a critically acclaimed exhibition program rivaling the best in the world. Phillips also co-founded NEW INC (2014), the first museum-led incubator for cultural creatives. She is currently leading a second building expansion by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas.

Previously Phillips was a curator at the Whitney Museum, where she organized mid-career surveys of Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, and Terry Winters, as well as thematic exhibitions, including “ High Styles: 20th Century American Design” (1985); “Image World: Art and Media Culture” (1989); “Beat Culture and the New America” (1995); and “The American Century” (1999); among many others. She has authored over thirty books, lectured extensively around the world, was on the Fulbright Review Committee, and is a visiting critic at Yale University. She has been named a “Top New Yorker” by New York Magazine, “Top 100 Business Women of the Year” by Crain’s, and “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company.

Special thanks to Xandie Brockett, Founder and Producer, West of Here, and Kristen Gallerneaux, Curator of Communications & Information Technology at The Henry Ford. 

Design by Laura Coombs.