Breaking Boundaries: Creativity with Computer Art Pioneer Lillian Schwartz

Breaking Boundaries:
Celebrating Creativity with Computer Art Pioneer Lillian F. Schwartz



Born in 1927 as the youngest of 13 children, Lillian Schwartz overcame economic hardship and bigotry, creating art however she could. She sculpted with bread dough, colored on walls, and drew in the dirt with a stick.

Schwartz burst into the New York artworld in 1968 with the appearance of her multimedia, interactive sculpture Proxima Centauri in the now famous Museum of Modern Art exhibition, “The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age.”

Immediately afterward, she began a decades-long residency at Bell Labs the legendary research and development center. During her long and prolific career, Schwartz created a remarkable series of art films incorporating the emergent technology of computer animation, and often scored with fresh developments in computer music.

Her work has been exhibited by MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney, and many other museums, and her archive is now preserved at the Henry Ford Museum.

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Dec 09 2021


8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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