VGA Exhibition Tells Underrecognized Story Of New Media In Chicago

December 12th, 2017 - December 15th, 2018

Categories: Animation, Applications, Devices, Education, Multimedia, Software, Sound Art, Video / Film, Visualization, VR, VR Art, Video Games

<i>Spiral PTL</i>, Video, 1980
Spiral PTL, Video, 1980


CHICAGO - VGA announces its ”Chicago New Media 1973-1992“ exhibition, public program and catalogue, in partnership with Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago November 1-December 15, 2018. This expansive project chronicles the under-recognized story of Chicago’s contributions to new media art by artists at the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and at Midway and Bally games from 1973-1992. Chicago New Media 1973-1992 will feature video game artifacts, new media technologies, historical photographs, game stills, playable video game consoles, and virtual reality modules.

The exhibit, public program and catalogue are organized by VGA Gallery in partnership with Gallery 400 and the EVL. It is curated by SAIC Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation, Jon Cates with curatorial assistance by VGA Director of Exhibitions and Programs Chaz Evans and Executive Director Jonathan Kinkley . The catalogue will contain new scholarship about this relatively unknown era in art history and original documentation of important artworks in the exhibit, many of which have never been photographed or studied. The education program will include a symposium of new media artists and scholars. The public of the Midwest and audiences of the Terra Foundation’s Art Design Chicago initiative will benefit.

For more information, see the press release pdf below.

This project is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago's art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation