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

NOTE: The virtual reality work View of Harbor, 2017, by Jon Rafman has limited capacity. This individual experience is first-come, first-served, except on weekends and free Thursday nights, when timed tickets are available on the fourth floor. We recommend visitors plan accordingly.

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

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today is organized by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, with Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator.

Major support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional support is generously provided by Edward Berman and Kathleen McDonough, Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser, Karen Swett Conway and Brian Conway, Robert Davoli and Eileen McDonagh, Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté, Bridgitt and Bruce Evans, Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld, Jodi and Hal Hess, Kristen and Kent Lucken, Kim and Jim Pallotta, Ted Pappendick and Erica Gervais Pappendick, Charles and Fran Rodgers, Mark and Marie Schwartz, and Charlotte and Herbert S. Wagner III.


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