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Chicago New Media 1973–1992

 Dan Sandin, Spiral PTL, Video, 1980, Collection of the Video Data Bank.

Dan Sandin, Spiral PTL, Video, 1980, Collection of the Video Data Bank.

November 1 - December 15, 2018
In partnership with Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

Chicago New Media 1973–1992 seeks to illuminate the largely untold story of Chicago's role in the history of new media. Consisting of an exhibition, public program, and scholarly catalog, the project yields a new art historical understanding of the artists and organizations that contributed to digital art and technology in the latter half of the twentieth century.  The exhibition is curated by Jon Cates, Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and organized with curatorial assistance by Chaz Evans and Jonathan Kinkley. 

This project is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and organized in partnership with University of Illinois at Chicago's Gallery 400. Chicago New Media 1973–1992 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. Additional generous support for this project is made possible by The Chicago Community Trust. 


VGA Gallery is generously supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, individuals, and private and corporate foundations.


  • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 2-4pm: Chicago New Media Symposium, Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria Ave. 
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5-8pm: Public Opening Reception, Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria Ave.