Rhizome is a born-digital art institution based on the web and at the New Museum in NYC. Our artistic program includes exhibitions, events, artist commissions, publishing, and ongoing research on digital social memory.
Rhizome presents solo, historical, and thematic exhibitions, in the browser and the gallery.
Rhizome and the New Museum collaborate on this series of online exhibitions of new and recent works. First Look includes web-based works as well as VR projects, which are accessible via a free iOS and Android app.
Net Art Anthology charts a history of net art through 100 works that define its diversity of practices. Completed in 2019, the project comprises an online exhibition, touring gallery project, and fully-illustrated publication.
Rhizome’s archive of more than 2000 born-digital artworks, founded in 1999, is fully accessible to the public while undergoing backend redevelopment.
Public programs by Rhizome—primarily presented at the New Museum in New York City, and live-streamed at rhizome.org—comprise panels and critical conversation about art and technology, presentations of commissioned work, and more.
Curated Commissions are awarded on an ongoing basis, by invitation.
Image: Ann Hirsch, Playground, a 2012-2013 Rhizome Commission.
Each summer, artists are invited to apply for a $500-$1500 Microgrant through an open call. Micrograntees are sometimes awarded additional support through the Curated Commissions program.
Image: Lena NW & Julia Kunberger, Viral (2015), a 2014 Microgrant.
Rhizome’s premiere platform for interdisciplinary collaboration, Seven on Seven pairs leading artists with leading technologists and gives them a simple brief: to make something. The results are presented at a public conference. Image: artist Taryn Simon & internet activist Aaron Swartz at Seven on Seven.
In March 2018, Rhizome, in collaboration with the University of California at Riverside Library (UCR), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the Documenting the Now project, hosted a national forum to address ethical issues facing the web archiving field.
Rhizome’s partnership with Google Arts & Culture is intended to surface the risks to born-digital art and culture posed by technological obsolescence, and to highlight Rhizome’s efforts to stem that threat in the creation of free, open-source, user-friendly software tools.
Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program. In 2003, Rhizome became an affiliate in residence. Together, New Museum, Rhizome, and NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator founded by New Museum in 2014, explore the future of contemporary art and technology.
Since 2014, Rhizome has been an anchor tenant at NEW INC. In 2019, Rhizome and NEW INC launched their first major joint collaboration: The Experiments in Art and Technology Track, supported by Nokia Bell Labs.