Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today

December 15, 2018 - April 7, 2019

The internet has changed every aspect of contemporary life—from how we interact with each other to how we work and play. Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today examines the radical impact of internet culture on visual art since the invention of the web in 1989. This exhibition presents more than forty works across a variety of media—painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based projects. It features work by some of the most important artists working today, including Judith Barry, Juliana Huxtable, Pierre Huyghe, Josh Kline, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Seth Price, Cindy Sherman, Frances Stark, and Martine Syms.

Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the exhibition at UMMA will be accompanied by a wide range of U-M partnerships and public programming.

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and curated 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.

​UMMA gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support:

Lead Exhibition Sponsors:
Candy and Michael Barasch, University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Individual and Family Foundation Donors:
William Susman and Emily Glasser; The Applebaum Family Compass Fund: Pamela Applebaum and Gaal Karp, Lisa Applebaum; P.J. and Julie Solit; Vicky and Ned Hurley; Ann and Mel Schaffer; Mark and Cecelia Vonderheide; and Jay Ptashek and Karen Elizaga  

University of Michigan Funding Partners:
School of Information; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Institute for the Humanities; Department of History of Art; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Department of American Culture; School of Education; Department of Film, Television, and Media; Digital Studies Program; and Department of Communication Studies


Kate Cooper, Rigged (still), 2014–15. Installation with digital prints and HD videos (color, sound; 4:28 minutes). Courtesy the artist. © Kate Cooper

Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue (still), 2013. Video (color, sound; 13:00 minutes). Courtesy the artist, Silex Films, and kamel mennour, Paris/London. © 2016 ADAGP Camille Henrot

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Surface Tension, 1992. Installation view, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Trackers, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, 2011. Courtesy the artist and bitforms Gallery, New York. Photo by Maxime Dufour. © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Juliana Huxtable, Untitled in the Rage (Nibiru Cataclysm), 2015. Inkjet print. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Purchased with funds contributed by Stephen J. Javaras, 2015. Image courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © Juliana Huxtable

Frances Stark, My Best Thing, 2011. Video (color, sound; 100 minutes). Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome. © Frances Stark

Judith Barry, Imagination, dead imagine, 1991. Five-channel video installation (color, sound; 15:00 minutes) with mirror, wood, and rear projection screens. Courtesy the artist and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Photo by Adam Reich. © Judith Barry

Trevor Paglen, Autonomy Cube, 2015. Plexiglas box with computer components. (MP# TP—95). Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. © Trevor Paglen

Penelope Umbrico, 33,930,694 Suns from Sunsets from Flickr (Partial) 9/05/17, 2006-ongoing, chromogenic machine prints. Courtesy the artist. © Penelope Umbrico

Jon Kessler, Noriko, 1994. Mixed media, photograph on fabric, Duratrans, lights, and motor. Courtesy the artist. © Jon Kessler

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #463, 2007–08. Chromogenic color print. Collection of John and Amy Phelan, New York. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. © Cindy Sherman


Exhibition Timeline

SatDec 15
Exhibition Opens
Jan 27
Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today
Gallery Talks and Tours / Exhibitions Related
Feb 24
Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today
Gallery Talks and Tours / Exhibitions Related
SunApr 7
Exhibition Closes