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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:

Lyn Blumenthal & Kate Horsfield : Lucy Lippard : 1974 An Interview

As featured in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'. Courtesy of the artists and Video Data Bank, SAIC.

Lucy Lippard (b. 1937) earned degrees from Smith College and New York University before beginning her career as an art critic in 1962, when she began contributing to publications such as Art International and later, Artforum. In 1966, she organized an exhibition entitled Eccentric Abstraction at the Fischbach Gallery in New York City. Eccentric Abstraction set the standard for what would later be regarded as postminimalism, process, or antiform art.

In 1969 Lippard, a dedicated activist, helped found the Art Workers’ Coalition, a group seeking vast changes to the art world, including a restructuring of the policies of the Museum of Modern Art in favour of artists’ having a voice in the exhibition of their work, and a general improvement in artists’ living conditions. Lippard was also a founding member of the feminist journal Heresies (1977). She has written numerous influential books of art history and criticism, including Pop Art (1966), Changing: Essays in Art Criticism (1971), and Six Years, the Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 (1973).

"It finally comes down to what you like, whether you're fond of such and such a color, if it reminds you of your mother's nightgown when you were three years old, or a hill that was behind your house," Lippard notes in this interview with Lyn Blumenthal.

A historical interview originally recorded in 1974 and re-edited in 2006 with support from the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund.

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