PRINT May 2000


IN THE INTERNET UNIVERSE, time moves faster—sites debut and die, companies launch and go public quicker than a download on a DSL line. And the same rapid pace seems to apply to the rate of increase in institutional recognition and endorsement of Net art in the United States, which is finally catching up to Europe and Japan. The growing roster of Web-savvy media-art curators at major US institutions—which includes Steve Dietz, founding director of new-media initiatives at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, and Web artist and theorist Jon Ippolito, assistant curator of media arts at the Guggenheim—was significantly augmented by recent back-to-back appointments at two major American museums of curators with Web-art-weighty resumes: In the first two weeks of January, the Whitney Museum of American Art named Christiane Paul as adjunct curator of new-media arts, while the San Francisco Museum of

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