Featured Artwork: Addie Wagenknecht ‘Believe Me’ (2017) Commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art for its artport website
From our curator:
“Now that the means of media production are not consolidated but distributed, artists must contend with the ways in which the digital editing and sharing of images and information is transforming truth itself…”
Read the full salon statement – Tina Rivers Ryan is a curator specializing in art from the 1960s to the present day, with a focus on the uses of new media technologies.
New Acquisitions for our Collection
No Fun from Eva and Franco Mattes, Postcards from Google Earth from Clement Valla, and Print Wikipedia from Michael Mandiberg
Intimate Gatherings within a Salon-style Exhibition
To grow our collection, we invite curators to select artworks on themes related to technology’s impact on our lives. The works are exhibited for short-run salon exhibitions. Cooperative collection committee members are invited for a salon discussion with the curator, and vote on which works enter the collection.
Ben Fino-Radin invited conservator Jill Sterrett, Director of Collections at SFMoMA and technologist Michelle Lee, Head of Product at Protocol Labs to have a discussion on stewardship and change in contemporary culture.
Nora Khan invited curator and meme-artist Pastiche Lumumba and designer, technologist, and speaker Yasaman Sheri to discuss identity, surrounded by VR and screen-based works related to that same theme.
The Current hosts salons so that together we can broaden our perspective on collecting. We work with rotating curators and ‘localhost’ partners to showcase 5 to 10 artworks in salon-style exhibitions. Our members then vote on which works to bring into the collection, and get private access to the works they support.