Monday 04/12/21 12PM
Gallery Talk · Rhizome

From Black Boxes to Open Systems: Curating Online Exhibitions

Cover Image:

“The New Outside” curated by Constant Dullaart, Upstream Gallery, 1–17 May 2020. Courtesy Upstream Gallery

This program will be presented via Zoom, register for this online program here.

“From Black Boxes to Open Systems” is a knowledge-sharing initiative presented by the New Museum’s digital art affiliate Rhizome. The project aims to support artists and art organizations to develop a better understanding of the concepts, skills, and infrastructure necessary for the exhibition, collection, and stewardship of born-digital art of all kinds.

In this illustrated talk, Rhizome’s Artistic Director Michael Connor will discuss approaches to curating online exhibitions, drawing on historical and contemporary examples. He will argue that online exhibitions are not just a means of promoting or sharing work that would otherwise be seen in a physical gallery, but a diverse set of cultural practices that are both connected to and distinct from traditional exhibition.


“From Black Boxes to Open Systems” was made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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