Tina Rivers Ryan Examines Expanded Canon of Early Computer Art on View at LACMA Survey

“The result is a fantasy—or nightmare—of computers as both preternatural agents of their own histories and autocratic engines of meaning.”
– Art historian and Buffalo AKG Art Museum curator Tina Rivers Ryan, on Lowell Nesbitt’s 1965 painting I.B.M. Disc Pack. The piece is part of a series of “deadpan enlargements of IBM materials” and currently on view at the Leslie Jones-curated LACMA exhibition “Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age”—a “necessary survey” that “argues that early computer art is art,” as Ryan writes in her review.
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