Examining the internet’s radical influence on how art – from painting to web-based work – is made, shared, and received.


Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today examines how the internet has radically changed the field of art, especially in its production, distribution, and reception. The exhibition comprises a broad range of works across a variety of mediums—including painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based projects—that all investigate the extensive effects of the internet on artistic practice and contemporary culture. Themes explored in the exhibition include emergent ideas of the body and notions of human enhancement; the internet as a site of both surveillance and resistance; the circulation and control of images and information; possibilities for new subjectivities, communities, and virtual worlds; and new economies of visibility initiated by social media.

Art in the Age of the Internet features work of an international, intergenerational group of artists, including Judith Barry, Dara Birnbaum, Harun Farocki, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Frances Stark, Hito Steyerl, Martine Syms, and Anicka Yi. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a major scholarly publication and web platform

Area-Wide Art + Tech Collaboration

In association with Art in the Age of the Internet, 14 arts organizations throughout Greater Boston are partnering to present an ambitious, region-wide exploration of art and technology. This exciting cultural collaboration will offer a range of exhibitions, performances, film screenings, and other programs all exploring the relationship between art and technology in celebration of the Boston area’s rich history of technical innovation, and its overlap with art. Offerings touch on issues of privacy, community, networks, identity, innovations, surveillance, and more.

Partner organizations include Berklee College of Music, Boston Cyberarts, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Film Archive, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Science, Peabody Essex Museum, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and Tufts University Art Galleries. More information about partner organizations and events will be posted at aiai.icaboston.org.


Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today traveled to the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor where it is on view from December 15, 2018 through April 7, 2019.