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New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts captures the spirit of women working in digital media arts and education in the Midwest. These pioneers made essential contributions to the international technological revolution, helping to catalyze what we now think of as the age of digital and social media.

Our Herstory Screening Room features works that emerged from seminal events that took place at the University of Illinois and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1980s-2000s, in a fertile environment combining social feminist change, artistic energy, and technological innovation. While women artists in Chicago, marginalized in traditional venues, built a network of independent galleries and exhibit spaces to house and highlight their work, interdisciplinary Renaissance Teams at the University of Illinois developed advanced academic computing communities that created a bridge to the humanities and forged new partnerships between the artist and the scientific environment. Behind this revolution lay a history of social change, artistic innovation, women’s civic leadership, and breakthroughs in science and technology.

Please enjoy a curated video art selection of featured works that were included in New Media Futures:

Joan Truckenbrod : The Whitney Museum of American Art Exhibition, 2018-19

Algorithmic Art: Drawings, Digital Textiles, and Computer Tapestries

Joan Truckenbrod is an artist and pioneer in computer art / algorithmic art, the precursor to the algorithmic image-making practices of today. Explore her early works from 1975

The Whitney Museum of American Art Exhibition
September 28, 2018 to April 14, 2019

The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City has acquired four coded algorithmic drawings created in 1975, and this digital textile created in 1979 for their Digital Art Collection. They will be included in the exhibition there titled "Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art 1965 - 2018".

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Courtesy of Joan Truckenbrod.

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